A loan of $1,200 helped buy fertilizers, knives, taro plants.


Maria's story

“The more you plant the more you get” – that’s Maria’s motto. Taro farming is hard work, and when her husband begs off of working on the plantation, Maria keeps her motto in mind and walks the many miles to her farm to tend her taro plants. She hauls her taro to market twice a week and is usually able to sell the bulk of her supply. Her hard work earns up to ST 300 – 400 (approximately USD 120 – 160) a week for her family. As the committed farmer in the family, Maria joined the SPBD program to keep reinvesting in her farm and keep the land, equipment and plants in good condition.



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