Lepeka is a forty-year-old married woman with two children. She has a small plantation and grows bananas and taro to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Lepeka has requested a loan to purchase barbed wire, fertilizer and a bush knife.
She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits, Lepeka hopes to help her children's education and improve and extend the business.
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.