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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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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Doing honest business

Sep 01

Doing honest business

I was recently asked how it is that we at SPBD reach out to new clients, and what these clients biggest concerns are. These are important questions, because it is essential that clients do not take out loans they will struggle to repay, otherwise they can drive themselves further into debt and poverty. This means that whilst I have to manage the quality of my...

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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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Hello from Sigatoka, Fiji!

Jul 14

Hello from Sigatoka, Fiji!

Hello Good Return blog-readers! My name is Vaseva and I am a Banker for SPBD (Good Return’s partner in Fiji). Good Return’s FSO, Esther, interviewed me recently after conducting a ‘Train the Trainer’s’ session at the Sigatoka branch. We’ve written it below so you can read about what a SPBD Banker gets up to in Fiji. I hope you find it interesting and...

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Communication blunders

Jul 08

Communication blunders

Time is not the only thing that’s different here in Fiji. For some reason, both my husband and I have (on completely separate occasions) asked two different ladies if they have children, and have been told no (or so we thought). After we got to know each lady better, we found out that each has one daughter. That is still a puzzle to us both. One aspect of this...

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