Stirring the Pot: A Culinary Approach to Measuring Poverty

Jul 28

Stirring the Pot: A Culinary Approach to Measuring Poverty

Last week was the launch of the Progress Out of Poverty Index (PPI) for Fiji. You can read about it in the media here or here. But firstly, what is the PPI? The PPI is a simple country-specific poverty scoring tool which has been developed for 54 countries and used by more than 200 organisations involved in poverty alleviation. The tool is being promoted by the...

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Riding in the rain

Jul 27

Riding in the rain

Rain, rain and more rain.   One of the challenges of providing small loans in rural Cambodia is that at this time of year it rains!   Of course, the rain is needed by most of my clients to grow their crops and it makes the countryside turn into a bright green colour.  But it also means that I spend a lot of time under my rain coat and riding my motorbike slow...

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Dream job just got better

Jul 26

Dream job just got better

Being a trainer is not only my favourite job, but also my dream job.  My first job was a primary school teacher when I was 19 years old and then I become a secondary school teacher at age 21.  I taught my students Maths and Physics.  After this, when I was working as a Loans Officer, I saw many problems people had due to lack of knowledge and skills in financial...

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Banking in Tonga… and having a whale of a time

Jul 25

Banking in Tonga… and having a whale of a time

Hi everyone, my name is Fua and I am a Good Return Community Banker in Tonga. Tonga is a very tight community, and we all do our best to help one another. Something I really like about this job is that it gives me the ability to pass on what I have learnt to others. I enjoy sitting down with my members each week and talking about things like money management. I...

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Being a Trainer in Tonga

Jul 18

Being a Trainer in Tonga

Malo e lelei! My name is ‘Ofa, I am 23 and am a Centre manager and team leader for SPBD in Toga. I feel very lucky to be a member of my team- both staff and trainees are so dedicated and motivated and I am always inspired by them and learn so much- even though I am supposed to be the teacher! At each of our centres, all trainees are split off into groups, who...

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Client Trainer: A Day in the Life

Jul 16

Client Trainer: A Day in the Life

My name is Jerry Whippy and I am very excited to have just been given the position of Team Leader with SPBD in Fiji. I have been a Centre manager for a while now, and my role has encompassed training SPBD’s clients as well as doing loan and savings collections at each village. Like all Centre Managers, I have one hour at each centre, so I need to try to be...

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