Akenese is a 36-year-old single woman with no children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, yams, green beans, green pepper and green onions to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Akenese has requested a loan to buy a wheelbarrow, spades, fertilizers, snail chemicals, a rake, gloves, weed killers and weed spray. Akenese joined SPBD in 2013. With her profits, she hopes to help her family members and improve her business.
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.