Ula Paese is a 38-year-old, married woman. She has seven children. She has a small plantation and grows cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans and pumpkins, to earn a living. She has been doing this for two years.
Ula has requested a loan to buy a wheel barrow, weed spray, a pair of gloves, fertilizer, and chemicals. She has been a member of SPBD since 2013. With her profits, Ula hopes to improve her business. She hopes to earn more profits, to help her business and her kids' educations.
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.