Makalita is 37 years old and married, with five children.
She has a small garden where she grows taro and bananas that she can sell in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for four years.
Makalita needs a loan to buy taro plants and some equipment to help expand her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. Makalita will use the profits from her sales to help her children's 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.