Makerita is a 46-year-old married woman with three children. She has a small plantation that grows taro and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for four years. Makerita has requested a loan to buy more equipment to expand her business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2010. With her profits, Makerita hopes to expand her business in the future.
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.