Maaola is 34 years old and married with 8 children. She has a small garden where she grows taro, bananas, taamu and yams which she can sell to the community. Maaola is requesting a loan to buy a new wheelbarrow, a shovel, a rake, bush knives, fertilizer, weed killer spray, tiapula, and other farming implements. Maaola has been a member of SPBD since 2011; she joined to gain access to financial stability. In the future, Maaola hopes to use her earnings to improve her family's assets.
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.