Akenese is a solo mother of one child. She sells her crops from her plantation in order to get extra income and her relatives assist her with the plantation business. She has just joined the SPBD program in order to gain access to financial assistance, which is available from traditional banks. With the loan, she will purchase a mist blower, chemicals, knife sharpener, bush knives, spades, shovels and digging tools. With the profits she will get from her business, Akenese will improve her family's living standards and reinvest part of her profit back to her business.
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.