Gafua is a 42-year-old married woman with six children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, banana and breadfruit to earn a living. She has been doing this for many years. Gafua has requested a loan to buy a wheelbarrow, a backpack sprayer, chemicals, fertilizer and barbed wire. She has been a member of SPBD since 2011. Gafua hopes to sell to bigger businesses that will export her product, especially taro. With her profits, she will save more 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.