Vaaia is a 48-year-old married woman with 7 children. She has a small plantation and grows taamu, yams and taro to earn a living. She has been doing this for 4 years. Vaaia has requested a loan to buy chemicals, a wheelbarrow, fertilizer and shovels. She has been a member of SPBD since 2009. With her profits, Vaaia hopes to extend her house.
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.