Noela is 50 years old, married and the mother of eight children. She has a small plantation where she grows taro, bananas and other items. She has been doing this for many years, and is requesting a loan to improve her business and the condition of her home. She has been a member of SPBD since 2008 and plans to use her profits to maintain 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.