Maria is 31 years old and a married woman, with two children. She has a small plantation where she grows taro and bananas that she sells in her community and at the market. She has been doing this for four years.
Maria needs a loan to buy a new wheelbarrow, a shovel, a crowbar, and a bag of fertilizer. She has been a member of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) since 2009. Maria will use the profits from her sales to provide for her family.
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.