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.

Zinnur Rahman

General Manager, Solomon Islands

Zinnur has been a microfinance practitioner for the last 28 years. He worked with BRAC and BRAC International. For the first 18 years he was working on Microfinance in Bangladesh. After that he spent 3 years in Srilanka as a Program manager of MF, 1 year in Tanzania as a Program Manager of MF and just before coming to SPBD he was the Program manager of Microfinance in BRAC Pakistan for 4 and half years. During his tenure in Srilanka, Tanzania and Pakistan he made each country program financially sustainable.

One of his responsibilities was to develop local staff to take on more responsibility. He was 100% successful in Srilanka, and Pakistan. All mid level and senior level positions are now held by local staff.

For most of his career he was engaged with employment and income generating activities, especially for women, sustainable livelihood program (Poultry, Livestock, Agriculture, Small business) and small enterprise development, as well as product designing for the poor and marginal people. He has piloted TUP (Targeting Ultra Poor) program in Bangladesh which was a very successful product for the ultra-poor besides microfinance. The impact of this program is well known and is world recognized. At the beginning of his career in BRAC he was directly involved with the income generating activities programs of BRAC as a program organizer, branch manager, and regional manager.

Zinnur holds a Masters degree in History from Rajshahi University in Bangladesh.