Uputaua is a 31-year-old married woman with 2 children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, taamu, yams, bananas, etc. to earn a living. She has been doing this for 6 years. Uputaua has requested a loan to to pay for a knife, a grass sprayer, chemicals, awheelbarrow and a rake for her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits, Uputaua hopes to gain more money to help her family income and provide her children with education.
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.