Samalaulu is a 46-year-old married woman with six children. She has a small farm and grows bananas, taro and taamu to earn a living. She has been doing this for three years. Samalaulu has requested a loan to buy a wheelbarrow, weed killers, weed spray, bush knives, fertilizer and baby taros. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits,Samalaulu hopes to improve her business to help her family and 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.