Aakanisi is a 45-year-old married woman with four children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, yams, ta'amu, and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Aakanisi has requested a loan to buy weed killer, fertilizer, seeds, etc. She has been a member of SPBD since 2009. With her profits, Aakanisi hopes to expand her business and pay for her children's school fees.
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.