Sapi is a 40-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 three years of experience with this business.
Sapi has requested a loan to buy more tiapula (an underground plant stem that can serve as a storage organ for other 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. She has been a member of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) since 2009.
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.