Gataiala is a 59-year-old married woman with 11 children. She has a small plantation where she grows taro, yams and banana to earn a living. She has been doing this for 4 years. Gataiala has requested a loan to buy more chemicals, weed spray, gloves and spades. She has been a member of SPBD since 2012. With her profits, Gataiala hopes to improve her business and use her business's profit 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.