Telesia is a 52-year-old married woman with six children.
She has a plantation where she grows taro, yams, breadfruit and bananas, which she sells in her community or at the market. She has been doing this for five years.
Telesia needs a loan to buy a rake, an axe, a water hose, a crowbar, new gum boots, a wheelbarrow and a chainsaw. She has been a member of SPBD since 2009.
Telesia will use the profits from her sales to support her family and pay 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.