Atene is a 22-year-old unwed woman with three children. She has a small vegetable garden and sells cabbages, tomatoes and cucumbers in her community. She has been doing this for two years. Atene has requested a loan to buy insect poison, a new hose, screen wire, a tiller and a machete. She joined SPBD in 2013 to gain access to capital. With her earnings, Atene will be able to support her family daily.
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.