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An additional 50,000 people could be living below the poverty line next year: "I don't know if I can face more hardship"

Emily knows what living in poverty feels like. The Fijian woman in her 60s has to manage on FJ$60 a month provided by the Social Welfare Office. Since her son died two years ago, she has not been able to work. Facing increasing living costs and lack of opportunities, Emily struggles every day to makmore


Chemical free farming paves the way to sustainability in Fiji

Five years ago farmers would have laughed had anyone said that farming without the use of chemicals was profitable. Now, many farmers on the island of Taveuni in Fiji are convinced it is possible to grow crops without chemical input, get good yields and earn a sustainable income. This has become clemore

Lena's story as she struggles to meet the rise in the cost of living

Lena is a 34-year-old woman who is struggling to make ends meet with her three children, 15-year-old Jessica, 13-year-old Mary and nine-year-old Sammy.  Living on the outskirts of Honiara, in Solomon Islands, Lena has been the sole bread winner in her family after her husband left her for anothmore


New jobs bring hope to the people of Nauru

More than 260 Nauruans have been able to increase their income and improve the livelihoods of their families after knocking on the doors of the Enterprise Resource Centre. The Enterprise Resource Centre has assisted many Nauruans who have accessed the Centre’s services including financial literacy tmore


Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowerment

It’s a Thursday morning in the small bustling rural town of Rakiraki and Varanisese Maisamoa is waiting for a bus with two ice boxes to take her to Naivuvuni, a landing where a boat she owns docks at, to collect fish caught during the week. Like clockwork, every Thursday or Friday morning, she waitsmore


Saving is the way to go for Paulini

Paulini Latiyawa is a mother of seven children from Nayavu village in Wainibuka, Tailevu who successfully runs a small business. Commuters along the Kings Road stretch, will not miss seeing this lady whom during the day sells vegetables and fruits, food parcels as well as savouries such as lolliesmore

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