Faleata is a 67-year-old married woman with nine children. She has a small plantation and grows taro and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for six years. Faleata has requested a loan to buy fertilizer, a wheelbarrow, shovels and bushknives. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits, Faleata hopes to pay for her family's weekly expenses.
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.