The SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards 2014

Oct 02

The SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards 2014

October 2, 2014 The SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards was a rather special occasion this year, marking 5 years of SPBD in Tonga. It was held over three days with a Saturday evening cocktail party, Sunday church service, and the main parade and award ceremony on Monday. The whole event was a fantastic showcase and celebration of the spirit and efforts of the...

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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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Uplifting the Poor: Endings and beginnings of Nepalese partnerships

Jun 12

Uplifting the Poor:  Endings and beginnings of Nepalese partnerships

After a successful four year partnership, Good Return and Nirdhan Utthan Bank (NUBL) have amicably agreed to end our interest free loan program. Nirdhan Utthan’s name translates to “bank for the upliftment of the poor,” and in this spirit we hope to work together on a less formal basis, as we continue our mission of helping rural families escape a life of...

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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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The Importance of Financial Education

Apr 18

The Importance of Financial Education

Malo e Lelei Hello from SPBD Tonga! My name is Zac and I’m working with SPBD Tonga for 1 year as a volunteer from Australia with Good Return. At the timer of writing I have been here a little over 1 week and would like to tell you a bit about my time here, my role with SPBD and why financial education is both important and challenging in a place like Tonga. ...

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