Our Money Minded Pacific financial literacy program is being piloted with employees, customers and communities in 11 countries across the region over the next two years.
Money Minded Pacific is designed to suit local learning styles and cultures. It aims to enhance budgeting, savings and money management skills, enabling people to live within their means and plan for their future, while meeting family and community commitments.
Employees in Fiji, Vanuatu, the Cook Islands and Kiribati have already participated in the program ahead of it being available to more staff, customers and the community.
Tracey Tuimaleali'ifano from our Pacific Operations in Fiji was one of the first participants.
“The workshop was immensely useful to me - someone who is relatively financially astute. I definitely feel a shift in my attitude towards money, feeling more confident and positive about the choices I can make,” said Tracey.
The course builds upon our commitment to enhancing financial inclusion and capability amongst Pacific islanders including our Rural Banking Service where our mobile banking trucks visit remote villages in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu providing basic banking services to more than 85,000 people.
Also in Fiji, we have been providing ongoing disaster relief and recovery assistance to the people and communities affected by Cyclone Tomas that struck earlier this year. This has included a FJD 50,000 donation to Red Cross Fiji, a range of assistance measures for customers and the collection of public donations.
A ‘Food and Clothes Appeal’ co-ordinated by our staff volunteers provided 69 boxes of essential items for communities located in Taveuni, the Cakaudrove Peninsula and the Macauta Peninsula.