Telesia is a 51-year-old married woman with three children.
She has a small plantation business, which grows taro and bananas. She has been doing this for four years.
Telesia has requested a loan to buy bush knives, chemicals, a mist blower, a rake, fertilisers and knife sharpeners for her business and also to pay for her children's school fees.
She has been a member of SPBD for two years. With her profits, Telesia hopes to expand her plantation and also assist in her family's daily 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.