Soonafai is 57 years old, married, and has five children. She has a small garden where she grows taro, bananas, and yams, which she sells in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for four years.
Soonafai needs a loan to buy another wheelbarrow, a shovel, a rake, some bush knives, a weedkiller spray and more tiapula, as well as to pay her children's school fees. She has been a member of SPBD since 2009. Soonafai 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.