Puao is married and has three children. She owns a taro plantation. Her sons and her husband help her maintain the plantation. Her last loan of 1250 Tala, or $500, was also used to buy supplies for her business. She applied for this loan so that she can support her family while continuing to expand her plantation.
South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) improves conditions for families living in poverty by providing accessible credit, training, and guidance to help them start, grow and maintain micro-businesses, build assets, finance home improvements, and afford to educate their children. 99% of SPBD’s loans go to women, who can borrow in groups to guarantee one another rather than put up collateral.