Sio is a 53-year-old married woman with 6 children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, taamu, and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for 4 years. Sio has requested a loan to buy weed spray, chemicals, knives, spades, axes, and fertilizer as well as pay for her children's school fees. She has been a member of SBPD since 2007. With her profits, Sio hopes to save for her children's school fees and support her family.
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.