Samalaulu is 57 years old and married with eight children. She has a plantation where she grows taro and bananas that she can sell in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for four years. Samalaulu needs a loan to buy equipment, taro plants, banana trees and fertilizer for her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. Samalaulu will use the profits from her sales to pay her children's school fees.
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.