Maria is a 42-year-old woman with six children. She has a small plantation and grows taro plants and bananas to earn a living. She has been doing this for many years.
Maria has requested a loan to buy chemicals, fertilizer, bush-knives, a wheelbarrow, barbed wire and a backpack sprayer. She has been a member of SBPD since 2012. With her profits, Maria hopes to provide for her family's daily needs.
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.