Welcome to Cambodia

Mar 17

Welcome to Cambodia

Hello Good Return blog readers! We are very excited to introduce Jason to you, who is one of four new volunteers representing us in the countries where we work. Jason has just arrived in Cambodia. You will be hearing from the other volunteers as they arrive in Fiji and the Philippines in the upcoming weeks. It’s been three days since I landed in Cambodia and I...

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Meet Mrs Mao Rin, Savings Course Graduate!

Dec 06

Meet Mrs Mao Rin, Savings Course Graduate!

Mrs Mao Rin (41) has just received a certificate for completing a Good Return Savings course which will help her manage her loan. After dropping out of primary school in year 5, Rin says that she can “read and write only a little.” Now a mother of three, two of her children have had similar educational experiences. Her eldest child, now 22, was forced to drop out...

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Cambodia: An Update From The Field

Apr 09

Cambodia: An Update From The Field

I recently spent a week in Cambodia with two colleagues conducting a review of our microfinance institution partner, TPC (Thaneakea Phum Campbodia).  The review was of TPC’s approach to meeting new standards of Client Protection Principles (CPP). CPP is the new ‘big thing’ in microfinance, and is being driven by the Smart Campaign.    Good...

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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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O'Reang Ov Village in Cambodia

Nov 30

O'Reang Ov Village in Cambodia

As part of our training needs assessment, we profile both villages and individuals to understand who they are and what their needs may be. Colette was just in Cambodia and gave us this profile of a small village. It'll give you an idea of what life is like for Good Return borrowers. This village has 249 residents with 62 households, on average families...

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Starting our educational programs in Cambodia: Village Meas Sne

Oct 19

Starting our educational programs in Cambodia: Village Meas Sne

We are beginning our education programs in Cambodia. Colette, our Sustainable Livelihoods Program Manager, was just there conducting a “training needs assessment,” where we talk with our partner microfinance institution’s clients to determine what they would like to learn about. We work with the people who would actually receive the training to make sure that...

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