Fiapai is a 30-year-old married woman with 5 children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, bananas, yams and taamu to earn a living. She has been doing this for 2 years. Fiapai has requested a loan to buy chemicals, a knapsack, spray, bush knives, a spade, etc. With her profits, Fiapai hopes to save her profits for her children's school.
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.