Mareta is 55 years old and married with 5 children. She has a small garden where she grows taro, bananas, yams, and taamu that she sells in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for 2 years. Mareta needs a loan to buy weed spray, chemicals, bush knives, filings and a crowbar for the plantation and pay for her children's school fees. She has been a member of SPBD since 2007. Mareta will use the profits from her sales to expand her business and support her family.
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.