Aukusitina is a strong, 80-year-old woman with ten children. She runs a small plantation to earn a living, which she has been doing for many years. Aukusitina has requested a loan to buy a wheelbarrow, knife, shovel, safety boots, water tank, backpack sprayer, taro roots, banana tube, and chemicals to help her run the business. She has been a member of SPBD since 2005. Aukusitina will use her profits to help with her family’s everyday needs, and she hopes to expand her business for a better future for 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.