The funds we receive are used to set up and support village businesses. We provide technical, business and marketing support. We take a long-term approach to these activities so families can fully develop sustainable businesses. The income the weavers, farmers and small businesses receive stays with them so they can re-invest into their business, grow their savings and participate in modern day life.
The small successes that WIBDI has had would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our partners.
The Government of Samoa has provided invaluable support to the development of WIBDI. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been a consistent supporter of the vision and ideals of WIBDI, as well as championing organics in the Pacific region.
The Government has provided crucial backing to the fine mat weaving and the organic program through the creation of the fine mat steering committee and the organic steering committee.
NZ Aid Development provided continuous funding for 20 years. They have been a major supporter of our organisation. We have also had a number of consultants have supported and nurtured WIBDI’s growth over many years.
In particular the Marys – Mary O’Regan, Mary Jane Rivers, Mary Cretney – and Jo Lynch have provided invaluable support as part of the NZODA Technical Support project. Mary Cretney assisted WIBDI in setting up simple and robust financial systems, and has been a great help and mentor, together with her husband John, in improving management and board processes. Mary and John have supported WIBDI way beyond the call of duty, something they have done to many other organisations in NZ and around the Pacific.
Oxfam New Zealand Executive Director Barry Coates visited WIBDI in 2003 and began a mutually rewarding relationship. This was one of WIBDI’s strongest relationships, built on mutual trust, respect and support. Rather than seeking to fund individual projects with set time frames, Oxfam NZ covered a large part of WIBDI’s capacity building costs over the last decade, helping us develop into a strong, accountable and flexible organisation that has had the ability to take advantages of new opportunities as they arise.
We are grateful for this long relationship and Oxfam's support over the many years.
The Canada Fund was the first funding partner of WIBDI, providing the organisation with a much-needed vehicle for project follow-up, two computers, two printers, a photocopier and two mobile phones. Then in 1995 when WIBDI began on its virgin coconut oil project, the Canada Fund decided to fund the DME project and five families were chosen to receive training in the new technology and in small business management.
Soon, these producers were producing oil of such quantity and quality that they outgrew the domestic market and an export market was urgently required.
Later in 1997, the Fund assisted with the Beekeeping project alongside New Zealand AID and Food and Agriculture Organisation. We still continue to receive project support from the Fund.