Ana T. is a very energetic mother who runs her own taro plantation. Ana has seven children and is 45 years old. Her husband is a strong man and works for a local construction company. With Ana’s taro plantation thriving, he happily tells how lucky he is to have married Ana.
Because her husband’s job is physically taxing, Ana works the plantation on her own and also works hard to ensure that she does all the household chores, so her husband doesn’t have extra work at home. On Saturdays, however, Ana’s husband helps her haul her taro to the local market and sell her crop. Ana is glad to be able to have built a business that can keep her family happy and keep improving their living standard.
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.