Aimalefoa is 44 years old and married with five children. She has a small garden where she grows taro and banana that she can sell in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for three years. Aimalefoa needs a loan to buy more tools to assist with her business such as a wheelbarrow, mistblower, cabbage cans, spade, chemicals, bushknives, and vegetable seeds. She has been a member of SPBD since 2013. Aimalefoa will use the profits from her sales to support her family and buy things needed for her children's 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.