Laufofoga is a 42-year-old married woman with three children. She has a small plantation and grows vegetables, taro, yams and tamu to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Laufofoga has requested a loan to buy weed killers, spades, fertilizers, chemicals for snail removal and a mist blower. She has been a member of South Pacific Business Development since 2009. With her profits, Laufofoga hopes to improve her business to help her family and further her kids’ educations.
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.