Leonia is a 57-year-old married woman with one child. She has a small plantation and grows taro, taamu, ufi and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for many years. Leonia has requested a loan to buy new equipment for the business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2008. With her profits, Leonia hopes to improve the living condition of her family.
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.