Aituava is a 39-year-old married mother of three children. She runs a small plantation business, which has been in existence for more than two years. She sells her crops to the villages or to the public, transporting the crops to be sold at the main market in town. She plans to use this loan to purchase taro roots, a mist blower, chemicals, bush knives, spades, shovels, and safety boots for her plantation business. Aituava joined SPBD to gain access to credit and she has managed to improve her family's living standards and provide a good education for her children with the profits she was able to make from 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.