Anti-Poverty Week 2014

Oct 17

Anti-Poverty Week 2014

This week is the 2014 Anti-Poverty Week. Poverty is devastating wherever it’s found: whether it be in Australia, the US, Africa or Asia. It exists in poor countries as well as rich, generally affecting the most disadvantaged and vulnerable. Across the globe, at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. However, one region houses a disproportionate...

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The SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards 2014

Oct 02

The SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards 2014

October 2, 2014 The SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards was a rather special occasion this year, marking 5 years of SPBD in Tonga. It was held over three days with a Saturday evening cocktail party, Sunday church service, and the main parade and award ceremony on Monday. The whole event was a fantastic showcase and celebration of the spirit and efforts of the...

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You know you’ve made it when you have your name on the chair

Sep 24

You know you’ve made it when you have your name on the chair

Good Return’s partner TPC in Cambodia has recently commenced financial education awareness training to University students.  The purpose of the training is to raise the student’s awareness of financial matters and help put them on the path to future financial success. Together with the Training Team at TPC, I had the privilege of facilitating a session on how...

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Tulia teaches the tricks of the trade

Sep 22

Tulia teaches the tricks of the trade

When I first see Tulia Rogoiruwai, it is in her role as Financial Education Facilitator (volunteer community coach), and she is busy giving a report to her centre on the performance of their financial diaries. She is confident and in her element, pointing to charts she has made herself to coach her fellow centre members on how to fill their cash flows correctly. It...

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The key to SPBD’s Financial Education Program: Financial Education Facilitators

Sep 16

The key to SPBD’s Financial Education Program: Financial Education Facilitators

Malo e lelei! I have spent some time during the past couple of weeks developing a 2-3 hour training program for a number of special SPBD clients. These are members who have been specifically chosen by their borrower centres and centre managers to take a unique role within their centre. They are SPBD’s Financial Education Facilitators. These women have demonstrated...

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Fiji: the road to democracy

Sep 06

Fiji: the road to democracy

On Tuesday evening I attended a public conversation on ‘Free and Fair Elections’ run by the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum at the University of the South Pacific. It is an interesting time in Fiji in the lead up to the elections in September. A lot is riding on these elections (the first in 8 years, since the last military coup) as the first step...

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