Elisapeta is a 66 year old widow woman with 6 children. She has a small vegetable garden and grows cabbages, tomatoes and green peppers to earn a living. She has been doing this for 14 years. Elisapeta has requested a loan to buy insect poison, fertilizer, chicken manure, sprayers and new overalls. She has been a member of SPBD since 2000. With her profits, Elisapeta hopes to pay for her family's weekly expenses.
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.