“The more you plant the more you get” – that’s Maria’s motto. Taro farming is hard work, and when her husband begs off of working on the plantation, Maria keeps her motto in mind and walks the many miles to her farm to tend her taro plants. She hauls her taro to market twice a week and is usually able to sell the bulk of her supply. Her hard work earns up to ST 300 – 400 (approximately USD 120 – 160) a week for her family. As the committed farmer in the family, Maria joined the SPBD program to keep reinvesting in her farm and keep the land, equipment and plants in good condition.
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.