Puna is a 37-year-old married woman with 5 children. She has a small plantation and grows bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for 3 years. Puna has requested a loan to buy fertilizer and some equipment for her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits, Puna hopes to expand her business and to pay her children's school fees.
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.