Mele is 54 years old and married with five children.
She has a small garden where she grows taro, ta'amu, bananas, etc., which she sells in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for five years.
Mele needs a loan to purchase a wheelbarrow as well as taro, ta'amu and bananas for her farming business.
She has been a member of SPBD since 2007. Mele will use the profits from her sales to improve her home and support her children's education.
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.