Laine is a 55-year-old single woman with five children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, taamu, yams, and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for more than four years. Laine has requested a loan to buy chemicals, knives, weedkillers, axes, and rakes. She has been a member of SBPD since 2009. With her profits, Laine hopes to improve her business in order to gain more money to support her family as well as her children.
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.