International Women’s Day at Wenona Girls School

Apr 03

International Women’s Day at Wenona Girls School

Our amazing volunteer Annika has recently had the opportunity to speak to students at her alma mater Wenona High School. This is what she had to say about it: The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Ending Poverty for Women and Girls Through Economic Empowerment. I spoke about the contribution that Good Return was making, through microfinance and...

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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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So what is a Social Performance Officer, anyway?

Mar 11

So what is a Social Performance Officer, anyway?

I recently spoke to a friend from London that I hadn’t caught up with for a while. “How have you been?” he asked, “how is your new job, what have you been up to?” As a relative newcomer to the Good Return team I’ve been asked these questions a lot by friends and family recently. More often than not, I struggle to find an answer; after all, the title...

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Why do we need an International Women’s Day, anyway?

Mar 07

Why do we need an International Women’s Day, anyway?

Each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events are held to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women – with a diversity of organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and media celebrating the day. But still, it does beg the...

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Second update from the Philippines, post-typhoon Haiyan: 2,100 families helped

Nov 21

Second update from the Philippines, post-typhoon Haiyan: 2,100 families helped

Hi everyone, we’re pleased to provide you with another update from the Philippines. Gretchen, our Program Quality Lead, was on Skype yesterday with Luz, the Managing Director of SECDEP, our partner based on Panay Island. North-eastern Panay was hit particularly hard by Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), with the Passi City and Sara branches having been...

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Let’s talk about girls. October 11: International Day of the Girl Child

Oct 11

Let’s talk about girls. October 11: International Day of the Girl Child

Let’s talk about girls. I mean, why not? If you’re not one yourself then you certainly know one. Let’s talk about girls + inequality. Are we getting more controversial now? How about girls + inequality + poverty. When we think about those disenfranchised by the corruption of capitalism, war civil corruption, and poverty, seldom do we narrow it down to girls,...

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