Samantha Magick

Improving MSMEs access to finance

Fiji farmer Hemant Kumar

While we know that micro, small, and medium businesses (MSMEs) are at the heart of the Pacific economy, many lenders consider them too risky for loans. They are seen as lacking collateral, having poor financial records, and being overly labour-intensive to monitor. Without access to finance, these businesses cannot grow. […]

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FRIEND microgrants

FRIEND Fiji is calling for applications from micro businesses in the Agriculture sector. If you have a start up or scale up micro-business in Nadi, Lautoka and Ba (Fiji), agriculture micro-grants are available! Click on this link to register your interest: All applicants will be required to undergo financial and […]

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Pacific Greenpreneurs Accelerator program


The Pacific Greenpreneurs Accelerator program supports green enterprises, and graduates of its incubator program through a six-month program that links businesses with investors, technical assistance, mentoring, investment pitch events, and networking. It also offers zero-interest, repayable grants of between US$10,000 to US$50,000  to selected enterprises. For more information visit

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Semoso helping Bougainvilleans through SMEs

Bougainville SME training

The National newspaper/Pacnews (Buka) Francesca Semoso is making it her business to empower women and youth on Bougainville to build their business knowledge and skills using simple innovative ideas and the resources in their communities. Semoso is a firm believer that information is power. A former broadcaster and politician, Semoso […]

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Pacific Greenpreneurs 2022 Incubator Program


Are you an early-stage green entrepreneur in the Pacific? Are you passionate about addressing environmental or social issues through your business? Want to build your business through training, mentoring, coaching & networking? Interested in winning USD 5,000 in seed grant funding? The wait is over! In celebration of the International Micro, […]

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“Do not despise humble beginnings” MSMEs told


Today was International Day of MSMEs, and to mark the occasion, United Nations (UN) joined colleagues from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and partners from the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) to host a mini ‘market day’ in front of Kadavu House in Suva. The market provided a free […]

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