Gagau is 55 years old and married. She has eight children. She has a small plot of land, where she grows taro, bananas, taamu and yams. She can sell these, in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for three years.
Gagau needs a loan to buy a backpack sprayer, taro root, barbed wire and fertilizer. She has been a member of SBPD since 2009. Gagau will use the profits from her sales to help her family, including help with the 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.