Maria is a 24-year-old married woman with 2 children. She has a small plantation and grows taro and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for 5 years. Maria has requested a loan to pay for taro seeds, taamu seeds, a grass-sprayer, manure, chemicals, a wheelbarrow and a rake for her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2011. With her profits, Maria hopes to save more money and 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.