Success Stories

Samson Lee  – Designer, Boutique Owner and Fashionista

Samson Lee – Designer, Boutique Owner and Fashionista

For Samson Lee, fashion has always been a part of his life, even more so, his personality. Losing his sister to cancer two years ago would prove to be the pivotal moment in his life. It was at that moment, that Samson realized that life was simply too short to not go after your dream, and...

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Servicing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) needs in Port Moresby

Servicing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) needs in Port Moresby

Priscilla Kevin of IN4NET services over 20 local corporate and small medium enterprises in Port Moresby, primarily in enterprise resource planning (ERP) services and support. The growth has also seen her expand the services the business offers, and now includes the provision of ICT management and advisory services, financial business data analytics and document management,...

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Waimana Va’a, from hobby to business

Waimana Va’a, from hobby to business

Soft-spoken and shy would be the words one would use upon first meeting Stanley Ooms, owner of Waimana Va’a, a company that manufactures fibreglass and composite products from outrigger canoes (va'a) long boats and also do tooling (moulding) for new products as per customer requirements.

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Mailelani Samoa, a (business) love story

Mailelani Samoa, a (business) love story

Blessings and gifts from heaven were what Kitiona and Sylvie Salanoa hoped to spread in their beloved island country when they began their business in the small kitchen of their home more than a decade and half ago. But if there is one thing you should know about Mailelani Samoa, it should be that theirs is more than a business journey, it is in fact, a love story. If Kitiona who is from Samoa had not met his Sylvie who is originally from Switzerland through mission work in Hawai’i many moons ago, then there would be no Mailelani Samoa. Sylvie admits, “When I met Kitiona then, we fell in love and that was it! Samoa became my home."

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Collective impact in the Solomon Islands

Collective impact in the Solomon Islands

Born and raised in the Solomon Islands, Bob Pollard, the Managing Director of Kokonut Pacific Solomon Islands (KPSI) is passionate about making sure the company’s focus on creating sustainable livelihoods for their rural communities stays true day in and day out. KPSI presently works with more than 50 village producers across the Solomon Islands and sources from over 3,500 hectares of Certified Organic plantations owned by more than 1,000 farmers across the country. And they are aiming to add more. Over 60% of oil revenue goes back to communities which provides an income to over 5,000 people.

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