Tupou is a 61-year-old married woman with 8 children. She has a small plantation where she grows taro, taamu, bananas and yams to earn a living. She has been doing this for 3 years. Tupou has requested a loan to purchase fertilizers, chemicals, bush knives, weed killer, axes, and rakes. She has been a member of SBPD since 2012. With her profits, Tupou hopes to improve her plantation, support her family and pay for her children'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.