Taase is forty years old. She’s married and has five children. Taase maintains a strong belief in her business as does all of her family. They all believe that investing time and money in their taro plantation is the only way to raise their standard of living. Taase will use her loan to buy more bush knives for clearing brush and digging taro; this will make the work quicker and more productive. Taase hauls her family’s taro crop to the new market in town twice a week. She claims that the high quality of her product is what keeps her regular customers coming back each week.
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.