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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My first Barangay fiesta

Jul 07

My first Barangay fiesta

So, what exactly is a Barangay fiesta? My account of it included minimal sleep, loud and I mean LOUD commercial pop music and lots of food! It’s an important time in every barangay (community), most often coinciding with summer, and is the one time of the year where everyone can relax, do nothing and catch up with family. Well…. except for the female head of the...

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Getting to know Fanie Guarnes

Jun 16

Getting to know Fanie Guarnes

Fanie is a Project Officer for SECDEP in the Phillipines. She’s been employed by SECDEP for 4 years and has worked in two branches on Panay Island. The nature of her job sees her regularly on the road, so I was fortunate to be able to catch her on her day off in the office to ask her a few questions. A little about her role with SECDEP Fanie works Mondays to...

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Meet Wonder Woman Haydee Gallarda

May 23

Meet Wonder Woman Haydee Gallarda

Haydee Gallarda is a 42-year old mother of four, with another one on the way! She is also a financial literacy trainer on the island of Guimaras in the Philippines, a position that is central to the success of microfinance and the empowerment of those receiving the loans. Haydee understands only too well the transformative impact microfinance can have on one’s...

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Earth Hour in Iloilo – Disasters: From Chaos to Rebirth

May 19

Earth Hour in Iloilo – Disasters: From Chaos to Rebirth

I recently went to a fundraising concert ‘From Chaos to Rebirth’, which coincided with Earth Hour. The concert was aimed at raising awareness about sustainable living following the recent typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), and about the precarious state the world is in. All proceeds from the tickets are to be used for rebuilding initiatives, and the concert was run...

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One weekend down – Life in Iloilo

Apr 07

One weekend down – Life in Iloilo

I’ve successfully survived my first week and weekend in the Philippines! For those of you wondering what I have done this week and, more importantly, what I have spent my first weekend doing, read on. To start off with, I’ve had a crash course on transportation and walking in Iloilo city. That might not sound that exciting, but it is! The most unique experience...

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