Faafetai is a 39-year-old, married woman, who has four children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, to earn a living. She has been doing this for three years. Faafetai has requested a loan to buy fertilizer, taro plants, a wheel barrow, shovels, gloves and a mist blower. She has been a member of SPBD since 2011. With her profits, Faafetai hopes to expand her business, and to save more money in her account for her children's 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.