Matalena is a 35-years-old married woman with seven children. She has a small plantation and grows banana trees and taro plants to earn a living. She has been doing this for four years. Matalena has requested a loan to buy equipment and fertilizer for the good of her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits, Matalena hopes to extend her business and save more money 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.