Papavao is a 45-year-old married woman with two children. She has a small plantation and grows bananas, taro, taamu, etc., to earn a living. She has been doing this for four years. Papavao has requested a loan to buy things such as manure, gramoxone, plant sprayers, and bush knives for her business.
She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits, Papavao hopes to earn more money to help her family's income and 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.