Malia is a 42-year-old married woman with eight children. She has a small plantation and grows taro plants to earn a living. She has been doing this for three years. Malia has requested a loan to buy barbed wire, a backpack sprayer, chemicals and a wheelbarrow.
She has been a member of SBPD since 2010. With her profits, Malia hopes to save for her children's education.
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.