30 Tongan Girls Complete Bank South Pacific Financial Literacy Program

Program prepares girls with 'economic skills to be financially independence'

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, May 3, 2017) – Thirty young girls who joined a Financial Literacy Program for six weeks, received certificates from the BSP Bank last Friday, with some winning cash prizes to set up their first savings accounts.

Daniel Henson, the General Manager of BSP stressed that its  important to save - even if you have just one dollar.

Vanessa Heleta, director of the Talitha Project for girls, said the ongoing program is equipping young girls with economic skills to be financially independence.

"Financial independence is not just about being liberated but also brings them happiness and it will give them the opportunity to live a life that they dreamed of," she said.

"They were equipped with knowledge on how to budget, learning SMART goals and the importance to save, spend and giving. Part of this partnership with BSP is setting up their personal saving accounts."
She said the girls who showed commitment and active participation received prizes of $100 [US$43] from BSP Bank to open up their accounts. 

"I really appreciate this partnerships with the BSP Bank - this is one of the components of the UNWomen funded 'My Body!My Rights! Now we have 30 new girls lining up for next month," said Vanessa.

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