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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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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