World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


SPDB Fiji 10th Anniversary Logo Launched In Suva Today

Celebrating its tenth year in Fiji, SPBD has October 14th launched its new Anniversary logo to mark the first of a series of events that will culminate with 10th Anniversary Grand Day expected to take place in August next year.

The logo was launched at a special function held in Suva.

The South Pacific Business Development (SPBD) network was founded by Mr. Gregory Casagrande to provide meaningful opportunities for women in the South Pacific to empower themselves through micro-enterprise development. Beginning in Samoa in 2000, SPBD has expanded to other countries:

Tonga (2009), Fiji (2010), Solomon Islands (2012) and Vanuatu (2017).

In its first decade of operations in Fiji, SPBD -- through its six strategically located branch offices in Suva, Sigatoka, Savusavu, Lautoka, Rakiraki and Labasa -- has provided inclusive financial services to more than 400 villages involving more than 9000 women, particularly in the rural areas.

In addition to unsecured loans and savings facilities, SPBD Fiji has also provided finance education, training, death benefit coverage and more recently, business formalisation and acceleration services through its Fiji Bloom Programme.

As at 30 September 2020, SPBD Fiji has cumulatively disbursed FJ$69M of unsecured loans for women-led businesses, home improvements, white-goods purchases, and the education of children.

The success of SPBD Fiji is further heightened by several private sector partnership programmes with Vodafone, Courts, Fiji Development Bank, Rotary Club of Suva, RC Manubhai and Vinod Patel Company Ltd.

The Anniversary logo, itself, encompasses (in ‘masi’ designs) the key achievements of SPBD in Fiji over the past 10 years. It highlights the ten islands where these women entrepreneurs in the country come from, and the six branches that serve more than 400 villages across the country. The diamond designs at the top of the logo dramatise the five key commitments of SPBD members and staff, which guide the company to realise its vision.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


WMO: Another La Niña Impacts Temperatures And Precipitation – But Not Climate Change
La Niña has developed for the second consecutive year and is expected to last into early 2022, influencing temperatures and precipitation. Despite the cooling influence of this naturally occurring climate phenomenon, temperatures in many parts of the world are expected to be above average because of the accumulated heat trapped in the atmosphere...

UN: Violations Of Palestinian Rights Puts Two-State Solution At Risk, Chief Warns
The situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, continues to pose a significant challenge to international peace and security, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, said on Monday... More>>

Oxfam: Afghanistan Faces Multiple Crises

ActionStation, Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand, Christian World Service, Oxfam Aotearoa and World Vision New Zealand say that while Afghanistan faces chronic poverty, persistent droughts, war, the Covid-19 pandemic and an economic crisis, winter is about to bring a whole new set of challenges...More>>

World Food Programme: Millions More In Need Of Food Assistance As A Direct Result Of Conflict In Northern Ethiopia

The number of people in need of humanitarian food assistance across northern Ethiopia has grown to an estimated 9.4 million as a direct result of ongoing conflict, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today... More>>

Food: Three Billion People Cannot Afford A Healthy Diet

Approximately three billion people, almost 40 per cent of the world’s population, cannot afford a healthy diet and another one billion people would join their ranks should further unpredictable events reduce incomes by one-third, the UN food agency said, launching a new report on Tuesday... More>>

COP26: Enough Of ‘Treating Nature Like A Toilet’ – Guterres Brings Stark Call For Climate Action To Glasgow
As the World Leaders Summit opened on day two of COP26, UN chief António Guterres sent a stark message to the international community. “We are digging our own graves”, he said, referring to the addiction to fossil fuels which threatens to push humanity and the planet, to the brink, through unsustainable global heating... More>>