Women in Business Development Inc – Samoa
Women in Business Development Inc (established 1991) is dedicated to strengthening village economies in Samoa in ways that honor indigenous tradition, use traditional and modern technology, and promote fair trade. It empowers and equips rural families to cultivate sustainable businesses that maximize farm-based resources, whilst also facilitating trade with global and regional partners.
To provide and empower these families with knowledge and skills, opportunities, access to finance and markets.
- Organics promotion
- Value-added products
- Fair trade promotion
- Business training
- Farm to table
- Disaster management
Virgin coconut oil, organic baskets, dried bananas, coffee, fetau oil, fine mats.
To be advised
WIBDI sits on the Organic Advisory Steering Committee chaired by the Prime Minister of Samoa and provides feedback to the committee members every month they meet. The organisation is the only group that is recognised to be doing work on Organics in Samoa. The organisation 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 are then able 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.