Impact Stories

Peace of mind for self-employed businesses in Fiji with agency banking

Peace of mind for self-employed businesses in Fiji with agency banking

December 4, 2019

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“These services are very convenient. I can go to an agent and deposit my earnings at the end of the day, when banks are already closed”, says Jasmine Nursharma, who runs and owns Phone Solace, a small kiosk selling airtime top-ups and sims cards, located next to the Suva Market.

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Ensuring smallholder sugarcane farmers in Fiji are insured

Ensuring smallholder sugarcane farmers in Fiji are insured

October 22, 2019

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by Erica Lee “When my mother passed away, we did not have enough money to pay for the cost of the rituals associated with her funeral,” says Ravinesh Ram Chetty, recounting the week of his mother’s funeral two years ago. “No one thinks to save for unexpected events like the death of a loved one,...

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Leaving a legacy for your loved ones

Leaving a legacy for your loved ones

September 16, 2019

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In Samoa, funerals can be an elaborate and expensive affair. Without savings or an insurance families can often go into financial debt from the loans they must take to cover funeral expenses, which can cost anywhere between WST 10,000 – WST 60,000.

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Wakalani helps her community of women become financially innovative

Wakalani helps her community of women become financially innovative

July 29, 2019

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Recently, the group has also been a great example of women’s financial inclusion. Each of them has opened a bank account and a voluntary pension account with the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF). Wakalani says the women are happy that they have been given the opportunity to become members of VNPF. 

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Financial education in PNG, key to informative choices on pay-day lending

Financial education in PNG, key to informative choices on pay-day lending

July 15, 2019

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Many low-income working families in PNG struggle to manage everyday cash flow. A lack of savings to buffer against financial woes, such as emergency medical bills, traditional obligations, such as burials and other unexpected life expenses can drive families to resort to these moneylenders. Over time borrowers find it hard to break out of the recurring cycle of pay-day lending, often referred to as a loan trap.

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