Elisapeta is a married mother of six children, three boys and three girls. She is 52 years old. She lives with her husband and children at the village of Gagaifo. Her business is planting taro, worked by her husband five days a week leaving Sunday for rest and to recoup. She sells 3-4 bags of taro each week and gets $250-$300. This is her fifth loan, which tells how interested she is in being a member of SPBD, because without the help from the program Elisapeta could not afford to look after and support her family.
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.