It’s about women helping women!

Oct 15

It’s about women helping women!

Today celebrates the 5th International Day of Rural Women.  Its aim, according to the UN, is to recognise the “critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” Indeed, rural women play a vital economic role in both developed and...

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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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Biratnagar, Nepal, is Making Strides Towards Renewable Energy

Jun 03

Biratnagar, Nepal, is Making Strides Towards Renewable Energy

“Where there is will, there is way,” says Babu Raja of the CRE, and in Biratnagar, Nepal, there is increasing social will for clean, accessibly energy for all. The Centre for Renewable Energy (CRE) in Nepal is a non-government / non-profit organization that aims to unite Nepalese people in an understanding of the benefits of the generation and use of...

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They’re shooting back!

Mar 27

They’re shooting back!

In the world of international development, change tends to take time. Many individual microfinance borrowers have stories about how their lives have changed, but achieving tangible and visible changes in living standards in a community can be slow going, and microfinance is just one of many contributors to that process. Basic infrastructure (such as roads, water and...

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O'Reang Ov Village in Cambodia

Nov 30

O'Reang Ov Village in Cambodia

As part of our training needs assessment, we profile both villages and individuals to understand who they are and what their needs may be. Colette was just in Cambodia and gave us this profile of a small village. It'll give you an idea of what life is like for Good Return borrowers. This village has 249 residents with 62 households, on average families...

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International Rural Women’s Day: From Australia to Cambodia, rural women can stick together

Oct 15

International Rural Women’s Day: From Australia to Cambodia, rural women can stick together

Today, October 15 is the United Nations International Rural Women’s Day, and we are celebrating it as part of Anti-Poverty Week! International Rural Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to appreciate what rural women do in their communities. In developing nations, rural women produce more than 55% of all food grown. It’s also estimated that closing the gender...

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