Emeli is a 23-year-old, married woman who has one child. She has a big plantation, and she grows taro, taamu, yams and bananas, to earn a living. She has been doing this for four years.
Emeli has requested a loan to buy farming tools and supplies, including: chemicals, bush knives, rakes and weed killer. She has been a member of SBPD since 2011. With her profits, Emeli hopes not only to improve her plantation and support her family, but also to save more money for her child's education.
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.