Sautupu, a 50-year-old married mother of seven, has a big plantation where she has been growing taro, taamu, yams and bananas to earn a living for more than four years. A member of SBPD since 2009, Sautupu has requested a loan to buy chemicals, bush knives, rakes and weed killer. With her profits, she hopes to extend her business to support her family as well as her children's future 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.