Telesia is 35 years old, married, and has six children. She has a plantation where she grows taro, banana, and taamu that she can sell in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for five years. Telesia needs a loan to to pay for weed killer, knives, and a wheel barrow. She will also use part of her loan to improve her house. She has been a member of SPBD since 2008. Telesia will use the profits from her plantation to pay for her children's education.
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.