August 31, 2016
Sixteen-year-old Adi Cakobau School student Veronica Tawake means business. What started as a means to pay for her cheerleading uniform has blossomed into a thriving little business for the Year 11 Pure Science student from Tailevu.
June 15, 2016
A simple text message is all it takes for a Papua New Guinea (PNG) citizen to sign up to affordable, new microinsurance products providing a crucial safety net for families. These new microinsurance products have managed to do away with the usual lengthy paperwork processes, preliminary health checks and identification associated with some traditional insurance products. Subscription via text message leads to enrollment and periodic insurance premiums are set up for automatic, deductions.
May 26, 2016
Single mother and sole bread winner Mary Pako received solar lighting in her home for the first time last year. The 45-year-old, who lives in a remote village of Tenarau in the Guadalcanal province of the Solomon Islands is a client of the South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) Solar Lighting Loan.
November 25, 2015
Suva, Fiji – “The whole world recognizes that it is difficult to pursue economic growth if a large sector of our society is financially excluded from active participation in the economy.” Speaking on the importance of financial inclusion in Fiji, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF), Barry Whiteside, said during his opening...
November 25, 2015
Apia, Samoa – Samoa has set a target to provide 40,000 adults with improved access to formal financial services by 2020. Of the 40,000 target, Samoa hopes that 50 percent will be accessed by women and at least 50 percent from rural areas. This target is one of the many goals set by national stakeholders...