Malaefono is a 45-year-old married woman with nine children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, ta'amu, and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for six years.
Malaefono has requested a loan to purchase a weed sprayer, chemicals, bush knives, and filings. She has been a member of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) since 2008.
With her profits, Malaefono will save for her children's education and for unexpected emergencies.
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.