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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Mon, 03/11/2013
SPBD Microfinance Network is very excited to announce internship opportunities throughout the network. There are currently openings in Tonga, Solomon Islands, and Samoa. Please see the job descriptions on our website at the following link: http://www.spbdmicrofinance.com/job-opportunities We look forward to receiving your Cover Letter and CV!
Mon, 01/28/2013
INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT Job Description: Summer Intern (6-10 weeks) Function: Due Diligence for market expansion inside the Solomon Islands Location: Honiara, Solomon Islands Internship Overview: The Intern will assist the General Manager (GM) of SPBD Solomon Islands (SPBD SI), Sandeep Lohani, to identify new islands and villages to expand SPBD services into. Special focus will be given to...
Tue, 01/15/2013
This client story was featured on the Whole Planet Foundation website at http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/partners/microentrepreneurs/ The calendar is available at http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/cp/calendar Luisa is an entrepreneur from Samoa. She is currently in her 6th loan cycle from South Pacific Business Development (SPBD). Her first loan size was $300 WST ($131 USD) and gradually...
Mon, 10/29/2012
SPBD Fiji launched it newest branch on Vanua Levu in Savusavu. See below the article published in the Fiji Times Online Fiji Times Online-Luke Rawalai South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance network — the biggest and most successful microfinance network in the South Pacific has blazed the trail of establishing unsubsidised Greenfield microfinance operations in the region and has...
Mon, 10/29/2012
The 3rd branch of SPBD Microfinance launched in Pangai, Ha'apai on Oct 2, 2012. Father Visone Tangifua gave the opening prayer to the launch ceremony. The opening address was given by Mr. Greg Casagrande, President and Founder of SPBD Microfinance Network. Mr. Casagrande's speech emphasized that the relationship between SPBD Microfinance and the SPBD members is like a marriage, that each side...
Mon, 10/29/2012
The Fiji Times Online wrote this article after a successful branch opening in Savusavu where the executive management team of SPBD was present. ""SOUTH Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance (Fiji) Limited has opened its doors to women in the north with its establishment in Savusavu on Friday. SPBD has been providing unsecured loans, personalised savings facilities, affordable life...
Thu, 09/20/2012
Two SPBD Tonga staff members recently participated as “Model Mommas” in partnership with Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World). Camp GLOW is a week-long leadership camp organized by United States Peace Corps volunteers serving in Tonga. Campers attend sessions on critical thinking, decision making, leadership, HIV/AIDS awareness, domestic violence, and more. Another large component of the camp is...
Fri, 07/06/2012
Our volunteer consulting work with SPBD proved to be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of my MBA. I had read and learned about microfinance before, but I didn't really appreciate its impact until I witnessed it through SPBD in Tonga. The goal of our project was to evaluate the options to expand micro insurance in Tonga. In the process, we not only learned about microinsurance...
Thu, 06/28/2012
Adria Orr, a Kiva fellow at SPBD Samoa, made this video depicting a typical day for a loan officer. Enjoy... https://vimeo.com/42598312
Fri, 06/08/2012
"01 June 2012, Apia, Samoa SPBD Microfinance (Samoa) Ltd. join the leaders and people of Samoa in celebrating the 50th Independence day celebration. The logo for the celebration - The voyaging motifs of oceans, canoes, the sun and stars, portrays Samoa's journey of the last 50 years. SPBD Staff joined commemorative march-pass at Tiafau where the Samoan flag was raised 50 years ago." photo...

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