Vaiana is a 36-year-old married woman with three children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, taamu, caprioca and yams to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Vaiana has requested a loan to buy weed spray, weed killer, bush knives, a mist blower, banana chemicals and a wheelbarrow. She has been a member of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) since 2010. With her profits, Vaiana hopes to improve her business in order to help in her family matters and to educate her children.
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.