Maria is a 37-year-old married woman with six children. She has a small plantation and grows taro and yam to earn a living. She has been doing this for many years. Maria has requested a loan to expand her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits Maria hopes to give her children better 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.