Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development

Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development  pic Dave Pflieger serves as the president and CEO of Hawaii Island Air in Honolulu, Hawaii. Previously the CEO of Air Pacific, Ltd., David Pflieger was regularly exposed to economic conditions in Fiji. Empowered to help the under-served community, Dave Pflieger partnered with the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND).

Headquartered in Lautoka, Fiji, FRIEND was established in 2001 and provides programs that develop sustainable economic empowerment opportunities and improve health conditions throughout Fiji. Its programs include governance, youth development, Developing Enterprises for Sustainable Income (DESI), and PRISM.

FRIEND’s DESI program is a livelihood project that teaches skills to enhance economic opportunities among Fijians. The program offers training in product manufacturing, marketing, prototyping, and small business management. To ensure sustainability, the organization encourages the use of locally sourced resources when creating a product and a testing process to boost the likelihood of the product succeeding when brought to market. As a result, the DESI program offers citizens access to an income-earning business that will combat poverty.

To learn more about FRIEND, visit


Author: David Pflieger

David Pflieger is working as the CEO of Ravn Alaska. David received his pilot training in the United States Air Force, and has since held multiple positions with different airlines, for over 20 years!

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