Good Return’s first exchange visit: Learning from each other

Dec 28

Good Return’s first exchange visit: Learning from each other

The first exchange visit between two Good Return partners happened in the Philippines from 2 December until 4 December 2012. TPC’s (our microfinance institution partner in Cambodia) Chief Operations Officer Mr. Sok Voeurn accompanied me on a visit to SECDEP (our partner in the Philippines) to observe the client training in the field to gain some insights for the...

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Meeting with smallholder palm oil farmers in Indonesia

Sep 07

Meeting with smallholder palm oil farmers in Indonesia

Mr. Ringo is an oil palm and rubber farmer who lives in and is Head of Merunjau Sub-Village in Engkersik Village and lives with his wife. Their three grown-up children (2 sons aged 28 and 26 and a daughter aged 22) have all completed university educations and live away from home. Mr. Ringo has been a member of CUKK (Credit Uniong Keling Kumang) since 1994 and is a...

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Sleeping land, sleeping people? Rubber farming in Indonesia

Aug 15

Sleeping land, sleeping people? Rubber farming in Indonesia

When I was visiting Credit Union Keling Kumang in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Budi (GR Program Coordinator), Angel (GR Loans Officer), Edy (World Education Indonesia, financial literacy specialist) and myself met with 12 rubber farmers in Mansik Village to discuss the financial literacy training needs of the group to ensure we incorporate their requirements into the...

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Meet Ms Lah – A new Vanmai SCU member in Laos

Jul 19

Meet Ms Lah – A new Vanmai SCU member in Laos

Ms. Lah was interviewed by Viengmany (Project Officer, WE Laos) who completed the client satisfaction survey. Ms. Lah is married with 3 children and lives in Nonsuong village and is a new member of Vanmai SCU. So far everything is good (but not the best). Ms. Lah would like the credit committee to visit her house to collect the data so she can get a loan – she has...

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Meet Mr & Mrs Air – Vanmai SCU Members in Laos

Jul 09

Meet Mr & Mrs Air – Vanmai SCU Members in Laos

Mr. Air is 37 years old and married with 3 sons aged 7, 10 and 14 and lives in Dong village in rural Lao Ngam district. The eldest son left school after completing Grade 4 to work with his mother and father in their business. The two younger sons attend the local primary school (intermittently). Mr. Air very recently became a member of Vanmai Savings and Credit Union...

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