Pau is 41 years old and married with six children. She has a small garden where she grows taro, taamu, bananas and yams that she can sell in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for more than eight years.
Pau needs a loan to buy a weed sprayer, chemicals, bush knives and filings. She became a member of SPBD in 2012. Pau will use the profits from her sales to pay for her children's school fees and support her family members.
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.