Tupelele is a 39-year-old married woman with seven children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, yams and taamu to earn a living. She has been doing this for three years.
Tupelele has requested a loan to buy chemicals, fertilizer, a wheelbarrow, a backpack sprayer, a rake and a pickaxe. She has been a member of SPBD since 2011. With her profits, Tupelele hopes to earn more profit from her plantation to help in her family matters and her kids' 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.