Month of Microfinance!

Apr 16

Month of Microfinance!

April is the Month of Microfinance, a worldwide initiative to educate, build awareness and hold fundraising events for client-centred microfinance. It is a grassroots movement run by student organisations to learn about, challenge and evaluate microfinance practices through education and conversation. Objectives include forming a diverse learning community, fostering...

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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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‘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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Women Microentrepreneurs Celebrated in Fiji

Feb 19

Women Microentrepreneurs Celebrated in Fiji

“It is indeed a great honor for me, and to earn money and make a profit in business requires a lot of dedication, discipline and determination.” – Asenaca Qalilawa In a fitting end to the Pacific Microfinance Week 2013 conference last October, women from across Fiji gathered in Nadi to celebrate their achievements during the inaugural Fiji Microfinance...

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4th annual Pacific Microfinance Week in Fiji

Oct 30

4th annual Pacific Microfinance Week in Fiji

Building effective, efficient and sustainable microfinance services in the Pacific The 4th annual Pacific Microfinance Week was last week in Nadi, Fiji. Pacific Microfinance Week (PMW) is the region’s most comprehensive platform for Pacific financial sector stakeholders to share knowledge, build skills and improve services to better suit the needs of clients in...

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Nepal’s Progress out of Poverty Index

Oct 12

Nepal’s Progress out of Poverty Index

Welcome to the first of four articles covering the implementation of the new Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) in Nepal. Earlier this year, Good Return’s Social Performance Specialist, Muhammad Awais, met with Mr Shankar Man Shrestha, CEO of The Rural Microfinance Development Centre Ltd (RMDC), to present the new PPI for Nepal. The result was a joint program to...

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