A group of 170 islands spread over an area roughly the size of Japan, Tonga was inhabited for thousands of years before Captain Cook dubbed them “The Friendly Islands”. Although a 1900 treaty made it a British protectorate, Tonga was never a colony. It is the last Polynesian monarchy. While in 2010 the people elected their first popular parliament to end 165 years of absolute rule, all Tongans proudly refer to their country as ‘the Kingdom’. Reflecting this Pacific heritage, the domestic economy is based on a tradition of sharing and the core values of faka’apa’apa (respect), fuakavenga (responsibility), and ofa (love).
Good Return works with South Pacific Business Development (SBPD) Microfinance Ltd in Tonga since 2012.
SPBD is a network of microfinance organisations working in Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Solomon Islands dedicated to eradicating poverty by empowering women in poor rural villages with the opportunity to start, grow and maintain sustainable, income generating micro-enterprises.
SPBD Tonga serves over 7,000 active clients; all of these clients are women. Read more about our work in Tonga.