transforming lives : creating opportunities


Women in Business Development Inc is an organisation 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, whihch 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.

A message from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

“Food is the gateway into all cultures. For Samoa, our food expresses our intimate relationship with the land, the sea and our ancestors. We are blessed with an ocean so abundant in marine life that if we only take what we need, generations after us will also be fed from this blue food basket. We are also blessed with fertile, volcanic soil that is capable of recovering from the worst of natural disasters. 

“In Samoa most of our farmers are organic by default. It has been our tradition to work with nature rather than command and oppress it. Our smallholder farmers are the core of our agricultural industry, and, as the head of Pacific High Level Organic Group, I see organic farming as not just our past but our future.”

From Mea’ai Samoa – Recipes from the heart of Polynesia.

 

 


read our latest news

Family farmers celebrated
Women in Business Development is launching a year-long programme to celebrate International Year of Family Farming. The world-wide celebration is an initiative promoted by the World Rural Forum and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organizations. Women in Business Development executive director Adimaimalaga Tafunai says the organization will be highlighting a family each month in the media. Read more
      
                                                
Farm to Table Samoa hits local menus
Samoa’s first Farm to Table programme is linking small organic farmers with leading hoteliers and restaurateurs in a bid to boost the farming and tourism industry. Women in Business Development is working with renowned chef/author Robert Oliver to kick start a local supply programme that has gained the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Read more
Mea'ai Samoa book launched
Samoan culinary experts dished up their approval of Robert Oliver's new cookbook Mea’ai Samoa: Recipes and Stories from the Heart of Polynesia. The book's launch, held yesterday at Apollo Cinemas, saw Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi urging local restaurants to include some of the recipes on their menus. Read more

Samoa - please stop the burning
Using rap, tv interviews, a flash mob and blog, Maluafou College students appeal to Samoa to stop burning garden waste, which contributes to greenhouse gases and climate change. Their mission is to get the nation composting and mulching instead. Support their campaign and read more here.

 

meet some of our people and our supporters

 

   

Christina Archer grating coconuts from Women in Business Development on Vimeo.

  

Esetiva Eteuati - Wibdi story in English only from Women in Business Development on Vimeo.

  


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