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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Meet Mrs Mao Rin, Savings Course Graduate!

Dec 06

Meet Mrs Mao Rin, Savings Course Graduate!

Mrs Mao Rin (41) has just received a certificate for completing a Good Return Savings course which will help her manage her loan. After dropping out of primary school in year 5, Rin says that she can “read and write only a little.” Now a mother of three, two of her children have had similar educational experiences. Her eldest child, now 22, was forced to drop out...

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Implementation of the PPI in Nepal: Sample Selection and Staff Training, September 2013

Nov 15

Implementation of the PPI in Nepal: Sample Selection and Staff Training, September 2013

Welcome to the second article in our series. In our previous article we discussed the background to this Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) pilot in Nepal. 19 microfinance institutions from Rural Microfinance Development Centre (RMDC)’s network participated in training in August to prepare their organisation for the pilot phase, which is currently...

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Donated loans now the default option on Good Return

Oct 03

Donated loans now the default option on Good Return

When making a loan on Good Return, you might have seen the checkbox in your basket, asking if you’d like to make it a donation. We’ve now upgraded our system so that box will be checked automatically. It seems a small change, but it’s one that’s pretty important for us! First, what exactly is a donated loan? A donated loan is our preferred alternative to...

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SPBD Fiji’s Financial Literacy Program off to a flying start!

Sep 25

SPBD Fiji’s Financial Literacy Program off to a flying start!

Recently, our Program Coordinator for the Pacific, Melodie Buendia, conducted a mid-point evaluation of SPBD Fiji’s pilot Financial Literacy Program. The Financial Literacy Program (FLP) in Fiji is made up of training and other awareness-raising activities along with the implementation of financial diaries. The goal of the FLP is to improve the entrepreneurial and...

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Tapping Student Potential

Sep 23

Tapping Student Potential

Mergers…. Strategic partnerships….  Product diversification….  Measurement of Social Return on Investment….. Use of credit bureau…. These were among a host of solutions proposed by students from Melbourne University to address challenges faced by Good Return partner MFIs. Today, together with a panel of judges I was faced with the...

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