As people of the sea, seafood is favored by many people. Ana is one of many people that fish for a living. Her husband helps her out with the hard part of the work, which is getting the sea urchins and fish. The seafood is sold on the roadside to people going to and from town to the rural areas. Sometimes it is bought by people going back to their country of residence. If her sales are good for the day, she earns one hundred and twenty tala. That is then used to pay for family needs and wants and most importantly to update her payments with SPBD.
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.