A 32-year-old mother of one, Faaolataga has a small garden where she grows taros, yams, bananas, etc. that she sells in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for two years and needs a loan to buy a pickaxe, crowbar, chainsaw and chemicals.
Faaolataga, who became a member of SPBD this year, will use the profits from her sales to improve her family's standard of living and pay for her child'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.