transforming lives : creating opportunities
what we believe:
- We believe a Samoan model of development must take into account Samoan values, tradition & culture.
- We believe sustainable change occurs slowly & requires a long-term commitment.
- We believe the most vulnerable people in Samoa need to develop sources of income to increase self-reliance & independence.
- We believe Samoan development requires networking with communities, government & other organisations in Samoa, the Pacific & internationally.
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what we do:
Women in Business Development Inc is dedicated to strengthening village economies in Samoa in ways that honour indigenous tradition, use traditional and modern technology, and promote fair trade. We empower and equip rural families to cultivate sustainable businesses that maximize farm-based resources. We also facilitate trade with global and regional partners, including The Body Shop, All Good Organics and C1Espresso, which understand the potential as well as the limitations of small-scale farming in Samoa. The organization works in 183 Samoan villages and nurtures certified organic agricultural enterprises that annually puts more than SAT$600,000 into the hands of rural families. These families then have a chance to participate in a cash economy. For many, this means being able to send children to school, to pay utility bills and, importantly, to have control over their lives instead of relying on remittances. On a national scale, our farmers and artisans are using their skills, experience and time to uplift themselves and their communities. Through their collective industry, they are contributing to Samoa's success as a nation.