Faleala is a 42-year-old married woman with three children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, bananas, yams, and taamu (a root vegetable) to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Faleala has requested a loan to buy weed spray, weed killers, fertilisers, and a wheelbarrow. She has been a member of SPBD since 2009. With her profits, Faleala hopes to improve her business to help her family and her kids' educations.
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.