Gataiala is a 45-year-old, married woman, who has seven children. She has a small plantation and grows taro plants and banana trees, to earn a living. She has been doing this work for four years. Gataiala has requested a loan to buy fertilizer, shovels, a wheel barrow, a mist blower, gloves and bush knives. She has been a member of SPBD for three years. With her profits, Gataiala hopes to save more money and to grow her business bigger.
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.