Faasala is 34 years old and married with four children. She has a small garden where she grows taro, bananas, and yams that she sells in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for four years. Faasala needs a loan to buy another wheelbarrow, a shovel, a rake, some bush-knives, weedkiller spray, more tiapula, and pay for her children's school fees. She has been a member of SPBD since 2009. Faasala will use the profits from her sales to improve her family assets.
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.