Faauu M. is a thirty-year-old mother from Salua Manono and her business is her family plantation. She grows taro, bananas, and taamu at the plantation and she goes to the market two days a week. Her husband is working in New Zealand and the plantation is run by her father. Fauu’s father has private lands in the village and this is cultivated for the plantation. She has five children and the money from the plantation and the income from her husband are her two major source of income. She is one of the oldest members of the loan program and she is still active and honest with repayment. She is looking forward to earning more loans, and she is also looking at expanding the business in the future.
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.