Tapu is a 28-year-old woman who is married, with three children. She has a small garden where she grows taro, taamu, yams, and bananas that she can sell in her community. She has two years of experience with this business.
Tapu has requested a loan to buy more tiapula (an underground plant stem serving as a storage organ by some plants), a shovel, some bush knives, a rake, an axle and filing, and some fertilizer for her garden. She plans to use her profits to improve her family's assets. Tapu is a new member of South Pacific Business Development (SPBDA) in 2012.
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.