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December 14 2016

Empowering Women in Pacific Island Communities

Empowering Women in Pacific Island Communities

More than 800 women in Pacific Island communities have been empowered with help from WWF and Simplot’s John West brand.

The Pacific Island Communities project is aimed at helping women that sell fish in the markets of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Through the John West partnership with WWF, Simplot is helping the women of these communities to improve their financial know-how by finding new ways to invest their family earnings.

Our model encourages women to form ‘savings clubs’ and gives them access to micro-loans to set up businesses. So far 7 savings clubs on Ghizo Island, with 742 members have established over 30 small businesses. While in Papua New Guinea the 150 members of 15 newly formed community-based organisations now have access to micro-loans to improve their lives.
“Empowering women is one of the most fundamental ways of enabling development, reducing poverty and improving food security,” said Katie Saunders Simplot’s General Manager for Shelf Grocery.
“Our partnership with WWF on the Pacific Islands Community project is in recognition of the importance of women and their economic empowerment. We hope that improving their economic situation will enable families to reduce their reliance on catching fish, which in turn eases pressures on the heavily exploited reefs.”

In this way the Pacific Islands Communities project is helping to make a difference to the people living in these communities.

For more on the WWF and John West partnership see http://www.wwf.org.au/what-we-do/oceans/coral-triangle/banking-on-sustainable-fishing