Saomalie is a 42-year-old married woman with seven children. She operates a small plantation growing taro. She has been doing this for two years. Saomalie has requested a loan to buy equipment to maintain and harvest her plantation. She has been a member of SPBD since 2011. With her profits, Saomalie hopes to keep improving 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.