Vaitupua is a 37-year-old married woman with six children. She has a small plantation where she grows taro and banana to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Vaitupua has requested a loan to buy chemicals, a plant sprayer, and taro roots. She has been a member of SPBD since 2011. With her profits, Vaitupua hopes to expand her 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.