Meritiana is a 20-year-old married woman with 1 child. She would like to start growing taro, banana, yam, and tomatoes in order to earn a living. Meritiana has requested a loan to buy a backpack sprayer, chainsaw, and wheelbarrow for her business. She will spend her profits to support her family and to pay for her child'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.