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March 30, 2016

On Saturday, February 20th, tragedy struck Fiji as Tropical Cyclone/Hurricane Winston, the most powerful cyclone to hit the Southern Hemisphere, devastated the country. This storm ripped through Fiji causing at least 42 deaths, flattening villages and leaving debris in place of homes, and...

February 23, 2016

The Central Bank of the Solomon Islands recognized 5 outstanding women entrepreneurs at the 2015 Pacific Microfinance Week held in Honiara.  All five are members of SPBD in the Solomon Islands.  Please click...

September 13, 2014

The SPBD Team after a successful Microfinance Pasifika conference last year

February 11, 2014

Date: Jan 30, 2014

On 11 January 2014 Cyclone Ian ripped through the Pacific Island nation of Tonga, devastating the Ha’apai island group. The cyclone completely destroyed more than 1,100 buildings in Ha’pai, and many more structures sustained major damage, including 13 primary and...

February 11, 2014

Cyclone Ian, a Category 5 cyclone with wind gusts nearing 300 kph / 186 mph, ripped through the Pacific Island nation of Tonga this past weekend. An estimated 70% of homes and buildings on the tiny Ha'apai island group (population 8,000) were either damaged or destroyed, including the homes of...