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Cyclone Ravages Fiji

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 destroying crops and livelihoods in just hours. An estimated 35,000 people remain […]

Handicraft entrepreneur, SPBD Business Woman of the Year

Handicraft entrepreneur and mother of six, Susitina Tesi (45) won the SPBD Business Woman of the Year Award this morning, Friday 18 September, for improving her family handicraft-making business, using the South Pacific Business Development Microfinance program. Susitina from Ma’ufanga said she joined the program and took out small loans to help expand her family’s […]

Summer intern 2015 – Casey Moran

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 […]

RC Manubhai Partners With SPBD to Assist Women

RC MANUBHAI and South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) have signed an agreement to help women with small businesses upgrade their homes. The signing took place at the RC Manubhai retail office in Raiwaqa yesterday. The joint venture will allow women who are members of SPBD to purchase items from RC Manubhai through the loan scheme […]

PM Sogavare Awed by SPBD

PRIME MINISTER Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has expressed awe at the pace the South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance network has taken in advancing its mission to improve the quality of life of financially underprivileged families in Solomon Islands through its microfinance scheme. The Prime Minister made the remark yesterday when an SPBD delegation paid a […]

A Way Out of Poverty

After a failed marriage, which produced three children, life was getting harder and complicated for Setaita Tinai. With her precious children — two daughters and a son — to look after, Tinai had to find a way to support the family. Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. “Being divorced and having to care […]

Adventures of a SPBD Tonga Intern – Part 3

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 […]

Adventures of a SPBD Tonga Intern – Part 2

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 […]

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 […]