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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Help International Field Trip

Jun 27

Help International Field Trip

I have been working for the past couple of weeks with some student volunteers from Help International, an American NGO that sends student volunteers to a number of countries across the world during university holidays. SPBD is currently hosting four volunteers, who are assisting me with the Financial Education Program. We are working together to conduct an evaluation...

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Adventures on the road!

Jun 23

Adventures on the road!

Last week, I accompanied Rico (SPBD Fiji’s General Manager) and Nathan on a visit to the Sigatoka SPBD Centre for their first Financial Education Facilitator (FEF) training. A significant part of my role with Good Return will be supporting SPBD in developing this training, which will soon see an FEF trained in each village. These ladies are village women who will...

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Tiny planes – Adventures in Fiji

May 21

Tiny planes – Adventures in Fiji

Bula vinaka! I have just been lucky enough to follow Good Return’s partner SPBD Microfinance Fiji’s General Manager Rico to Savusavu on Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island to launch the Financial Education Facilitator (FEF) program at that branch. Getting there from Suva is an adventure either way you choose to do it. It is either a sometimes quite rocky...

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Adventure into the Nausori Highlands

May 07

Adventure into the Nausori Highlands

To reach the remote Nausori Highland village outside Nadi in Fiji requires an hour of careful driving up a steep and sometimes foggy road. Thankfully, Usaida is an expert driver on these bumpy roads! Melodie, our South Pacific Program Coordinator, and myself are joining a financial literacy training being delivered by Good Return’s partner South Pacific Business...

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