Taumainuumau is 65 years old and a widow with six children. She runs a small business selling cabbages, tomatoes, oranges, ripe bananas, pawpaw, and pineapples in her community and has been doing this for 10 years. Taumainuumau has requested a loan to buy vegetable seeds, fertilizer, barbed wire, a wheelbarrow, a garden fork, a rake and a garden hose. She joined SPBD in 2011 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Taumainuumau will support her family financially.
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.