Seini Finau talks financial education

Apr 17

Seini Finau talks financial education

In many ways, Seini Finau is a typical Tongan woman. She makes a living from weaving, and has a radiant golden smile that is both warm and embracing. She is a mother of one, and has adopted other children. It is her goal to be able to support her family and send all of her children to school, which is an aspiration among many Tongan mothers. Last year, she took out...

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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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Support a woman, transform a village

Mar 31

Support a woman, transform a village

January 2010 Shanti Giri, 40 year old mother of two, lives in Jhapa, Nepal. Her husband, Nir Bahadur Giri, is a farmer who works on his neighbour’s fields. They have little land of their own and their home is small and worn down. Despite long, laborious hours spent in the fields, they have little money and are barely able to manage their children’s school feels...

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My first 36 hours as a Field Support Officer in the Philippines

Mar 25

My first 36 hours as a Field Support Officer in the Philippines

Hello GR blog readers! We are excited to introduce you to Zena, who has just arrived and is making herself at home in the Philippines for the next year. Along with Jason and Zac, expect regular updates about her life overseas working as a Good Return Field Support Officer with our partner SECDEP. It’s been a whirlwind welcome to the Philippines, but 3 days in and...

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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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‘Rebung’: the bamboo effect

Mar 13

‘Rebung’: the bamboo effect

Since it was launched in August 2012, the CUKK’s Rebung (low interest loan) has already had a major impact on working families in Indonesia. The word ‘Rebung’ means ‘bamboo shoot’. In using this term to describe their low interest loans, the CUKK reflects their desire to help the community “grow like strong bamboo.” The CUKK hopes that every person who...

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