Lesina is a 35-year-old, married woman, with five children. She has a small plantation and grows taro and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for many years.
Lesina has requested a loan to buy chemicals, bush-knives, a file for sharpening knives, fertilizer, and to pay school fees. She has been a member of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) since 2010. With her profits, Lesina hopes to invest in 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.