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Solomon Islands Due Diligence trip – final blog post

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 […]

The Beauty of Western Province

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 […]

From the Langa Langa Lagoon…

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 […]

Home-made toys in the Solomon’s

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 […]

In Malaita, Solomon Islands

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 […]

Adventure in the Solomon Islands

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 […]

SPBD Samoa Launches New SME Loan Program

South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance launches the Small and Medium Enterprise Loan Program An effort to support upcoming businesses in Samoa The South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Microfinance’s mission is geared towards offering an opportunity and on-going motivation to improve the quality of life of women living in poverty, by providing them access to […]

Internship Announcement – SPBD Solomon Islands

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 […]

Luisa makes the Whole Planet Foundation Annual Calendar 2013

This client story was featured on the Whole Planet Foundation website at The calendar is available at 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 increased thereafter due to her […]