Mari is a 37-year-old married woman with 4 children. She has a small plantation and grows taro to earn a living. She has been doing this for 2 years. Mari has requested a loan to buy bush knives, a backpack sprayer, chemicals, a pickaxe, and wheelbarrow. She has been a member of SPBD since 2011. With her profits, Mari hopes to support her family financially.
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.