Project to improve Solomons women’s access to credit


Vital Voices, a project sponsored through Emerging Pacific Women’s Leadership Program with funding provided by New Zealand and Australia through the Pacific Leadership Program and the Asian Development Bank, aims to help more women access credit and get into business.<!--more-->

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The Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) is coordinating activities throughout the Solomon Islands. SIWIBA President Julie Gegeu-Haro said through the Vital Voices project, women were surveyed in Malaita and Guadalcanal and are also meeting with women in Honiara to talk about issues they face when trying to access credit.

“Through the Vital Voices project, we hope the research will establish a lending profile of informal sector business women to help them advocate for increased access to credit from lending institutions, government and other stakeholders,” Ms Gegeu-Haro told media this week.

“This will help to inform and shape more women friendly credit initiatives and microfinance schemes.”

SIWIBA is also working to establish a mentoring programme for recent graduates.

“Mentors from SIWIBA will help graduates to learn and understand how to start up and run a successful business, as well as providing young women with the opportunity to network with business women and learn life skills,” Ms Gegeu-Haro said.


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