Satuala is 69 years old. She is a widow and has 10 children. She has a small garden where she grows taro, bananas, yams, and taamu to sell in her community or at the market. She requests a loan to buy another wheelbarrow, a shovel, other farming tools, weed killer spray, and more tiapula. Satuala has been a member of SPBD since 2012 and joined to gain access to financial services. In the future, she hopes to provide for her family’s financial support by helping with college expenses and by building her family a fixed house.
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.