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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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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International Day of Happiness :)

Mar 20

International Day of Happiness :)

Today, March 20, is the International Day of Happiness. The idea of celebrating a day of happiness came from Bhutan – a country with a very low GDP per capita, but ranked among the happiest nations in the world. The story begins with the King of Bhutan, who in 1972 grew tired of countries being measured purely by their gross domestic product. As a result, he...

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Challenging statistics on gender equality, even in Australia

Mar 19

Challenging statistics on gender equality, even in Australia

One of our favourite yearly traditions are our International Women’s Day breakfasts hosted in partnership with Clayton Utz. This year we were fortunate to have Avril Henry, HR consultant as our keynote speaker and Kate Jordan, Partner in Charge of Clayton Utz Sydney as our special guest. We wanted to share these challenging statistics about gender equality in...

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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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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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