Makerita is a 48-year-old married woman with 6 children. She has a small plantation and grows taro, bananas, etc. to earn a living. She has been doing this for many years. Makerita has requested a loan to help with her children's education. She has been a member of SPBD since 2011. With her profits, Makerita hopes to expand her business and help supplement her family's income.
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.