Saomalie is a 50-year-old married woman with seven children. For many years, she has been growing taro, banana, and other crops on a small plantation to earn a living. Saomalie has been a member of SPBD since 2010.
Saomalie is requesting a loan to buy chemicals, a black-bag sprayer, and barbed wire for her farm. She hopes to use the profit from her loan to provide for her family’s everyday needs.
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.