Olailagi is 78 years old and married with nine children. She has a small plantation where she grows taro and bananas that she can sell in her community and at the market. She has been doing this for many years.
Olailagi needs a loan to buy a wheelbarrow, bush knives, a plant sprayer, fertilizer and shovels. She has been a member of SPBD since 2008. Olailagi will use the profits from her sales to support her family.
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.