Mele is a 41-year-old married woman with one child. She has a small plantation and grows cabbages, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and green peppers, to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years. Mele has requested a loan to buy weed spray, weed killer, snail chemicals, a pair of gloves, a hose and a wheelbarrow for her agricultural business. She has been a member of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) since 2011. With her profits, Mele hopes to improve her business to earn even more profits and help her in her 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.