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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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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SPBD Tonga Staff Offsite 2014

Aug 01

SPBD Tonga Staff Offsite 2014

The 2014 SPBD Tonga staff offsite was a huge success. We had all the staff from the 4 island groups come together, form teams and get involved in numerous team building activities and discussions across 2 days. We stayed overnight at Vakaloa beach resort and were treated to beautiful weather, LOTS of food and traditional evening entertainment. There was lots of...

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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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