Tumema is a 48-year-old married woman with children. She has a small plantation that grows taro, taamu (a large root vegetable) and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years.
Tumema has requested a loan to buy chemicals, bush knives, a digger and a weed sprayer. She has been a member of SBPD since 2009. With her profits, Tumema hopes to improve her housing.
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.