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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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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Beginning the Financial Education Program

Apr 30

Beginning the Financial Education Program

Malo e lelei SPBD Tonga is getting ready to roll out its Financial Education Program to all borrower centres across Tongatapu. Last week I spoke to the centre managers about my experiences and observations in the field thus far, as well as the importance of the program for SPBD and its clients. My argument was that given Tongan culture, education, family and various...

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The Importance of Financial Education

Apr 18

The Importance of Financial Education

Malo e Lelei Hello from SPBD Tonga! My name is Zac and I’m working with SPBD Tonga for 1 year as a volunteer from Australia with Good Return. At the timer of writing I have been here a little over 1 week and would like to tell you a bit about my time here, my role with SPBD and why financial education is both important and challenging in a place like Tonga. ...

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International Women’s Day at Wenona Girls School

Apr 03

International Women’s Day at Wenona Girls School

Our amazing volunteer Annika has recently had the opportunity to speak to students at her alma mater Wenona High School. This is what she had to say about it: The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Ending Poverty for Women and Girls Through Economic Empowerment. I spoke about the contribution that Good Return was making, through microfinance and...

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Dec 3 is #GivingTuesday!

Dec 02

Dec 3 is #GivingTuesday!

Have you heard of Giving Tuesday? If you haven’t… you have now. Imagine a single day where people from all across Australia rally together to give back on a local and global scale. That’s what Giving Tuesday is all about. It’s a call to action that, with enough support, will change lives and make history. This year, on Tuesday 3 December, we are celebrating a...

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