First impressions: An FSO in Fiji

Apr 04

First impressions: An FSO in Fiji

Bula! My name is Esther, and I have just joined the Good Return team as the Field Support Officer (FSO) for Fiji. I’ll be keeping you updated with my life in Suva and work with Good Return’s Fijian partner organization South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) over the next 12 months. My first lesson about Fiji started before I arrived, when it took 6 weeks...

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Women Microentrepreneurs Celebrated in Fiji

Feb 19

Women Microentrepreneurs Celebrated in Fiji

“It is indeed a great honor for me, and to earn money and make a profit in business requires a lot of dedication, discipline and determination.” – Asenaca Qalilawa In a fitting end to the Pacific Microfinance Week 2013 conference last October, women from across Fiji gathered in Nadi to celebrate their achievements during the inaugural Fiji Microfinance...

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4th annual Pacific Microfinance Week in Fiji

Oct 30

4th annual Pacific Microfinance Week in Fiji

Building effective, efficient and sustainable microfinance services in the Pacific The 4th annual Pacific Microfinance Week was last week in Nadi, Fiji. Pacific Microfinance Week (PMW) is the region’s most comprehensive platform for Pacific financial sector stakeholders to share knowledge, build skills and improve services to better suit the needs of clients in...

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SPBD Fiji’s Financial Literacy Program off to a flying start!

Sep 25

SPBD Fiji’s Financial Literacy Program off to a flying start!

Recently, our Program Coordinator for the Pacific, Melodie Buendia, conducted a mid-point evaluation of SPBD Fiji’s pilot Financial Literacy Program. The Financial Literacy Program (FLP) in Fiji is made up of training and other awareness-raising activities along with the implementation of financial diaries. The goal of the FLP is to improve the entrepreneurial and...

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I love Fiji because…

Jun 12

I love Fiji because…

To borrow the phrase of one television network in their 30-seconder spot, I love Fiji because… Fijians are welcoming and friendly. Fijians have always a ready smile – you look at their eyes and they respond with a friendly look, a flash of white teeth and Bula! It’s always the same wherever I go – in the bus, on the road, and especially in the centres when I...

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Women microfinance clients in Fiji share their happiness

Jan 17

Women microfinance clients in Fiji share their happiness

In our line of work, there are often discussions around the real benefits of microfinance for low-income households. And it's true that in some parts of the world, microfinance has questionable outcomes. But when you're facing the beneficiaries of microfinance services and listening to their stories, doubts about the benefits of microfinance completely...

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