Opetela is 25 years old, married and has 1 child. She would like to start growing taro and taamu plants to earn a living. Opetela has requested a loan to purchase farming tools and chemicals to start her business. She has been a member of SPBD for a year. Opetela will spend her profits to buy more farming tools to 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.