10,000 Women Benefit From Partnership

The partnership agreement was basically to economically empower rural Fijian women.
28 Apr 2019 16:31
10,000 Women Benefit From Partnership
From left: Courts director of marketing Anil Senewiratne,Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa and the General Manager SPBD Elrico Munoz after signing the agreement at Courts Samabula, Suva, on April 26,2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

A total of 10 thousand women nationwide are now benefiting from the South Pacific Business Development (SPBD).

SPBD general manager Elrico Munoz confirmed this to Fiji Sun Business during the renewal of contract between SPBD and Courts Fiji on Friday.

The partnership agreement was basically to economically empower rural Fijian women.

Mr Munoz said all the members of SPBD were unemployed and they have their own little business back in their village.

“These women will never ever be qualified to higher purchase from Courts. So SPBD helps them by providing the funds,” he said.

Mr Munoz said if these women want a washing machine they would go to SPDB with the quotation from Courts and they would provide the voucher.

“So they have to pay back to SPBD with a low interest rate.”

He said Courts was now committing more resources to these women.

“I’m thankful to Courts, because before this partnership it was very rare for these SPBD members to do higher purchase from Courts.

“They think it’s only for the rich and middle income.

“But for this partnership they can walk in and purchase their stuff straight away.”

SPBD branch

Mr Munoz said SPBD had six branches, four in Viti Levu and two in Vanua Levu.

“We are thankful for this partnership with Courts, and it is a way to go. We are actually helping each other.”

He said: “Our strength is to reach out to rural areas through this partnership.”


Courts director of marketing Anil Senewiratne said: “The First income generating project was the sewing project where Courts trained and up skilled sewing capabilities of the women in the rural community.

“And distributing of sewing machines as a means of empowering women entrepreneurs in the villages.”

He said they were very proud to be associated with SPBD in this extremely meaningful partnership and the great assistance from the Ministry of Women.

The renewal of contract is for two years.


Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa officiated the Memorandum of Understanding.

Ms Vuniwaqa said:” It is indeed an important milestone in the list of achievements  for SPBD and Courts, in particular for their work that greatly benefit women small-micro entreprise owners.”

“Global impact cannot be realised if we don’t make national efforts towards the same aim,” she said.

“I wish to emphasise the need for initiatives that can economically empower women in the care economy.’

This is the seventh year this exclusive partnership is being entered by Courts and SPBD

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