SPBD is a network of microfinance organizations working in Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and the Solomon Islands dedicated to eradicating poverty by empowering women in poor rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow and maintain sustainable, income generating micro-enterprises.

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We've empowered over 60,000 women micro-entrepreneurs through micro-loans totaling US$61 million dollars in the islands of the South Pacific... and we've only just started.

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Spending the summer at MicroDreams / SPBD was an unbeatable experience that will stay with me for years to come. As someone looking to enter the business / finance world, I was able to immerse myself in every aspect of their operations. Not only was I able to dig into the financial statements and help develop new products for SPBD’s clients, but I also worked to secure new funding to expand the...
08/06/2015 - 12:31
This is the third post in a series of blog posts written by Alex Li, a summer intern with SPBD’s Tonga office. Alex has joined SPBD Tonga to help conduct market research and product development work. ***************** Mālō e lelei (hello in Tongan), Despite all the talk about the locals running on ‘Tongan time’, time seems to fly by here at SPBD Tonga. Before I knew it, another week has gone by...
02/11/2014 - 16:58
Mālō e lelei (hello in Tongan), I have just finished a jam-packed first week with SPBD Tonga and I am writing this blog update to give everyone a recap of my experience so far. As mentioned in my previous post, I have been accompanying one of SPBD’s Field Teams on their daily visits to SPBD’s borrower centers. At each center, I have been administering a short survey to gauge potential demand for...
02/06/2014 - 11:47
The Adventures of a SPBD Tonga Intern This blog entry kicks off the first in a series of weekly blogs by Alex Li. He will be working as an intern with SPBD Tonga over the summer. ***************** Malo e lelei (Hello in Tongan), Introductions To tell you a bit about myself, my name is Alex and I am an undergraduate student at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. I am passionate about...
01/24/2014 - 10:07
Hello everybody from the Solomon Islands . This will be my last blog post as this adventure is coming to an end. I've been very lucky to discover a country that I knew nothing about. A country with strong traditions and a proud culture. During the past two months I have discovered four provinces, traveled by boat, plane and 4x4-vehicles, visited over 40 villages, surveyed hundreds of women...
08/26/2013 - 10:39
Hello everybody from the Solomon Islands. I am writing to you from the Western Province. Instead of telling you about the beauty of this place I thought that I let you have a glimpse of it. What do you think? The Western Province is known for its tourism and fishing. Its people are friendly and welcome you to their homes with a smile on their faces! There is a lively market with lots of...
08/19/2013 - 15:06
Hello everybody from the amazing Solomon Islands. The people here have strong traditions and culture. Today I would like to show you the people that live in the Langa Langa Lagoon. These people make traditional money from shells, and spend a great deal of time shaping the shells in order to make beautiful necklaces and bracelets, a hard, detailed artisan work. Some of our customers take out a...
08/13/2013 - 09:44
Hello everybody, I’m writing again from the Solomon Islands. Today, I would like to share some pictures of the interesting toys that I have found over here. As you can see below, there’s no need to go to the store and spend huge amounts of money; in fact, a little imagination can take you a long way! The first toy speaks for itself. The second toy is made from the Sego palm. The leaves from...
08/06/2013 - 16:27
Hello everybody, this is the second post of my (Nacho's) Solomon´s adventure. SPBD has been offering financial services for unemployed women for the past 7 months now in Guadalcanal, the main island of the Solomon’s. My mission over the next 6 weeks is to find other provinces SPBD can expand its operations into - so I get the chance to travel around this amazing country. I am writing from Malaita...
07/29/2013 - 13:03
This blog entry kicks off the first in a series of weekly blogs by Nacho Zabaleta. He is in the Solomon Islands helping SPBD perform due diligence in the Western Province and Malaita. So this is my first week in the Solomon´s and I have to say this is quite an adventure. My name is Nacho and I am a finance professor in the Canary Islands, Spain. I have come with South Pacific Business...
07/22/2013 - 14:43

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