Taase is a 32-year-old woman with three children. She operates a taxi business driven by her partner of more than eight years. She also runs a small canteen business catering for the school children, and sells fish from her husband's fishing at times that he takes a break from their taxi. She has decided to join the SPBD program in order to gain access to financial assistance so that she would be able to be more successful in the different businesses she is running with her partner. With this money, she would purchase new tyres and seat covers for her taxi business. She plans to save as much as possible from the profits she will make from her business so that she will be able to meet their weekly financial obligations.
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.