Maota is a 56-year-old widow with seven children. She has a small plantation and sells taro and bananas in her community and has been doing this for three years. Maota has requested a loan to buy a crowbar, a wheelbarrow, a new machete, chemicals, and sprayers. She joined SPBD in 2011 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Maota will be able to support her business and also her family's everyday needs.
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.