Hello from Sigatoka, Fiji!

Jul 14

Hello from Sigatoka, Fiji!

Hello Good Return blog-readers! My name is Vaseva and I am a Banker for SPBD (Good Return’s partner in Fiji). Good Return’s FSO, Esther, interviewed me recently after conducting a ‘Train the Trainer’s’ session at the Sigatoka branch. We’ve written it below so you can read about what a SPBD Banker gets up to in Fiji. I hope you find it interesting and...

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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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Update: How ConnectEd is Helping Disadvantaged Students in Australia

Apr 19

Update: How ConnectEd is Helping Disadvantaged Students in Australia

Good Return’s parent organisation World Education Australia works with YWCA New South Wales to deliver the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation’s global initiative: ConnectEd. The ConnectEd program provides education and digital skills training opportunities for children and youth in disadvantaged areas; with a focus on reaching young people who are at risk of disengaging,...

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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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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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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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