Faalagi is a 34-year-old married woman with three children. She has a small plantation and she grows taro, yams, bananas and taamu to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Faalagi has requested a loan to buy chemicals, chainsaw, knives, spade, weed killer, etc. She has been a member of SPBD since 2013. Faalagi hopes to use her profits to pay for her children's school fees 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.