Aitu is 67 years old, married, and has five children. She has a big plantation where she grows taro, taamu (a large root vegetable),yams, and bananas, which she sells in her community and at the market. She has been doing this for three years.
Aitu is requesting a loan, which she will use to buy buy chemicals, weed killer, rakes, and bush knives to help her in planting her crops. She has been a member of SBPD since 2010. Aitu will use the profits from her sales to support her family as well as 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.