You know you’ve made it when you have your name on the chair

Sep 24

You know you’ve made it when you have your name on the chair

Good Return’s partner TPC in Cambodia has recently commenced financial education awareness training to University students.  The purpose of the training is to raise the student’s awareness of financial matters and help put them on the path to future financial success. Together with the Training Team at TPC, I had the privilege of facilitating a session on how...

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Tulia teaches the tricks of the trade

Sep 22

Tulia teaches the tricks of the trade

When I first see Tulia Rogoiruwai, it is in her role as Financial Education Facilitator (volunteer community coach), and she is busy giving a report to her centre on the performance of their financial diaries. She is confident and in her element, pointing to charts she has made herself to coach her fellow centre members on how to fill their cash flows correctly. It...

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The key to SPBD’s Financial Education Program: Financial Education Facilitators

Sep 16

The key to SPBD’s Financial Education Program: Financial Education Facilitators

Malo e lelei! I have spent some time during the past couple of weeks developing a 2-3 hour training program for a number of special SPBD clients. These are members who have been specifically chosen by their borrower centres and centre managers to take a unique role within their centre. They are SPBD’s Financial Education Facilitators. These women have demonstrated...

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Fiji: the road to democracy

Sep 06

Fiji: the road to democracy

On Tuesday evening I attended a public conversation on ‘Free and Fair Elections’ run by the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum at the University of the South Pacific. It is an interesting time in Fiji in the lead up to the elections in September. A lot is riding on these elections (the first in 8 years, since the last military coup) as the first step...

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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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