Maria is a 43 year old married woman with 4 children. She has a small plantation where she grows taro, taamu (root vegetable) and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for many years.
Maria has requested a loan to buy a weed sprayer, chemicals and bush knives. She has been a member of SPBD since 2012. With her profits, Maria hopes to improve her house and save some funds to pay for 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.