Poutasi Development Trust
Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

(a) Providing employment opportunities; (b) Furthering education; (c) Developing skills; (d) Promoting and caring for the environment; (e) Fostering prosperity in Poutasi; (f) Promoting good health and improved nutrition; (g) Promoting a self-sustaining lifestyle (non-reliance on remittances); (h) Fostering the retention of traditional Samoan skills; and(i) Forming, establishing, and supporting and aiding in the formation, establishment and support of any other charitable institutions, associations, trusts or societies formed for objects similar to the objects set out above. In particular the Trust will: (a) Engage in projects that will earn income for the Trust; (b) Engage in projects to enhance the skills, enterprise opportunities and work for the people of the district in order to provide income for those people; (c) Use any profits made by the Trust in projects to support the above, and to support or improve the community or its facilities/infrastructure or environment; and (d) Provide other support and assistance consistent with this charitable purpose.

Implementation methodologies

PDT develops own source of income from creating enterprises that employ people and create a profit.TTF provides capital and development personnel for initiation of development projectsVSA provides technical expert volunteers for employment projects/enterprisesProjects must stand in commercial environment.PDT commercial projects provide income for social projects.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Natural enterprise growthOn site trainingExtra Training Courses in appropriate areas as possibleReal Employment

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

A trust boardTrust board led by local high chief Yearly coordinated commitment planning and budgets from all three parties


Poutasi Development Trust (PDT) The Tindall Foundation (TTF) New Zealand Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA)
11 permanent employees
70% of money earned returned directly to village people
more than 10 village family horticultural suppliers
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
350,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
TTF supplies Project Coordinaor for 3 years and VSA has supplied 2 volunteers for 1.5 years
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: Ongoing
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Bruce Russell, brucerussellws@gmail.com

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