Melegalenuu is a 53-year-old married woman with seven children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, taamu, yams, caprioca, and bananas. She has been doing this for two years.
Melegalenuu has requested a loan to buy fertilizers, weed spray, weed killer, bush knives, a wheel barrow, a mist blower, a crow bar, and a chain saw. She joined SPBD in 2012. With her profits, Melegalenuu hopes to improve her business, help her kids with their education, and attend to her other family matters.
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.