Business-savvy volunteers are spending months overseas to help empower people across the Asia Pacific, transforming lives and enterprises.
Fiji's 2013 businesswoman of the year, Maria Moy, employs dozens of disadvantaged women and people with disabilities, sourcing cassava and taro from hundreds of subsistence farmers for export to Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
But until recently the successful business she runs with her husband in Navua was decades behind technologically.
Wages and employee entitlements for 200 staff were processed without the help of computers.
Ms Moi was one of 20 participants chosen for a nine-month long Women in Business program run by the Australian Pacific Technical College (APTC) with support from the Australian Business Volunteers scheme.
Both aid organisations were Australian Government initiatives.
"It has been a lot of help to Ben's Trading in terms of taking us from manual bookkeeping to something that is electronic which Liane [Arno] is working very hard to teach our girls in the office," Ms Moi said.
"It's taken the company to another level that has saved us a lot of time and effort."
In her former life, Liane Arno, was the head of human resources for recycling giant Visy before renovating, running, then selling a pub in regional Victoria with her husband Matt Stone.
Now they use their wealth of business experience to help alleviate poverty by volunteering overseas in countries including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
"I love it. We've been volunteering for about 10 years now," Ms Arno said.
She said that the training provided by the college is backed by mentoring from the business volunteers on the ground.
"There's nothing better than getting hands-on and understanding how their business really works and help them firsthand," she said.
The aid organisations cover volunteer costs including flights, insurance, visas, accommodation and a modest daily living allowance.
Ms Arno and Mr Stone were based in Suva for three months on their most recent volunteer assignment.
"Every business is different. Maria's is quite a large business, but up until this point in time they've been handwriting everything," Ms Arno said.
"They employ 200 staff. Can you imagine writing everything down, every tax file number, every superannuation number, every week?
"It's been very labour intensive, so with her I'm trying to help her with her finances, her administrative side.
"But then there's other businesses that need some help in marketing or setting up their own website. We can do anything."
Ms Arno's admiration for Maria Moi was clear.
"The passion that Maria has, the ability that she has to impact on so many people," she said.
"[She supports] people who wouldn't ordinarily be able to get a job and farmers who wouldn't be able to do anything other than eat their own product.
"They can now get money in their pockets. It's a great enterprise."
Ben's Trading has diverse range of employees processing between 25-30 tonnes of taro and around 3-5 tonnes of cassava a day, with some of that product now stocked in a major supermarket chain in Queensland and plans for value-adding in the pipeline.
"I love working with women and helping women, imagining how much they go through trying to look after their families," Ms Moi said.
"I have a few young single mums. I have a young girl who's a single mother and who is deaf and mute. And I have some young boys who would usually be in special schools.
"I always tell Liane and Matt that I can not thank them enough and I'm just so glad … we will be able to further reach out to these less fortunate farmers who are out there in the remotest parts of Fiji."