Doing honest business

Sep 01

Doing honest business

I was recently asked how it is that we at SPBD reach out to new clients, and what these clients biggest concerns are. These are important questions, because it is essential that clients do not take out loans they will struggle to repay, otherwise they can drive themselves further into debt and poverty. This means that whilst I have to manage the quality of my...

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Community banking in the Philippines

Aug 11

Community banking in the Philippines

Hello, kumusta? My name is Fanie Guarnes and I am a community banker with Good Return’s partner, SECDEP, in the Philippines.  There are many things that I love about my job. I love to serve clients and experience other municipalities, I find it very rewarding when problems are overcome, and I enjoy the level of flexibility my job gives me. I am also excited...

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SPBD Tonga Staff Offsite 2014

Aug 01

SPBD Tonga Staff Offsite 2014

The 2014 SPBD Tonga staff offsite was a huge success. We had all the staff from the 4 island groups come together, form teams and get involved in numerous team building activities and discussions across 2 days. We stayed overnight at Vakaloa beach resort and were treated to beautiful weather, LOTS of food and traditional evening entertainment. There was lots of...

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Stirring the Pot: A Culinary Approach to Measuring Poverty

Jul 28

Stirring the Pot: A Culinary Approach to Measuring Poverty

Last week was the launch of the Progress Out of Poverty Index (PPI) for Fiji. You can read about it in the media here or here. But firstly, what is the PPI? The PPI is a simple country-specific poverty scoring tool which has been developed for 54 countries and used by more than 200 organisations involved in poverty alleviation. The tool is being promoted by the...

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Riding in the rain

Jul 27

Riding in the rain

Rain, rain and more rain.   One of the challenges of providing small loans in rural Cambodia is that at this time of year it rains!   Of course, the rain is needed by most of my clients to grow their crops and it makes the countryside turn into a bright green colour.  But it also means that I spend a lot of time under my rain coat and riding my motorbike slow...

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Dream job just got better

Jul 26

Dream job just got better

Being a trainer is not only my favourite job, but also my dream job.  My first job was a primary school teacher when I was 19 years old and then I become a secondary school teacher at age 21.  I taught my students Maths and Physics.  After this, when I was working as a Loans Officer, I saw many problems people had due to lack of knowledge and skills in financial...

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