Leitisia is 32 years old and single. She has one child. She has a small garden where she grows taro, bananas, and yams, which she can sell in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for two years.
Leitisia needs a loan to buy a new wheelbarrow, a shovel, a rake, some bush knives, a weedkiller spray and some tiapula (taro for planting). She is a new member of SPBD, having joined in 2012. Leitisia will use the profits from her business to increase her family's 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.