Mele is a 32-year-old married woman with two children. She would like to start growing taro and banana to earn a living. Mele has requested a loan to buy equipment and other items she will need such as fertilizer, gloves, bush knives, a wheelbarrow and shovels for her business. She has been a member of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) for 2 years. Mele will spend her profits to pay her children's school fees and save some for a better future for 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.