Tutoatasi is 50 years of age and married with 4 children. She owns and operates a taro plantation, and she has many years of experience in this business.
Tutoatasi needs a loan of WST $1500 to purchase equipment such as a wheelbarrow, bush knives, and containers for water. She plans to use her profits (estimated to be 250 talas or US $104 per week) to improve and expand the business.
In 2010, Tutoatasi joined SPBD to gain access to financial services. Most of SPBD's clients are unable to borrow from commercial banks, because they lack collateral. This is Tutoatasi's 2nd loan with SPBD.
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.