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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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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My first Barangay fiesta

Jul 07

My first Barangay fiesta

So, what exactly is a Barangay fiesta? My account of it included minimal sleep, loud and I mean LOUD commercial pop music and lots of food! It’s an important time in every barangay (community), most often coinciding with summer, and is the one time of the year where everyone can relax, do nothing and catch up with family. Well…. except for the female head of the...

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It all starts with a vision

Jul 02

It all starts with a vision

Malo e lelei The financial education program at SPBD Tonga begins at every centre with a vision exercise in which clients are asked to draw their vision for the future. I had the privilege to see and hear some of the clients’ visions this week ahead of the introduction of the new financial booklets in all of our centres. It is such a powerful exercise. Some of the...

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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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