Teleofa lives in the village of Samatau, where she runs a plantation. She is a very hard-working woman, and one of the best clients we have at the Samatau Center. Teleofa works on her plantation six days a week, taking time off only to bring her goods to market. She is 38 years old and supports several children, all of whom are in school. Her husband works at a nearby hotel, and his income used to be the family's sole means of support before Teleofa secured her first loan, which allowed her to start her own business. Now she has applied for a new loan to improve her plantation. She is grateful for the support she has received, and looks forward to more activity with SPBD 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.