Being a Trainer in Tonga

Jul 18

Being a Trainer in Tonga

Malo e lelei! My name is ‘Ofa, I am 23 and am a Centre manager and team leader for SPBD in Toga. I feel very lucky to be a member of my team- both staff and trainees are so dedicated and motivated and I am always inspired by them and learn so much- even though I am supposed to be the teacher! At each of our centres, all trainees are split off into groups, who...

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Client Trainer: A Day in the Life

Jul 16

Client Trainer: A Day in the Life

My name is Jerry Whippy and I am very excited to have just been given the position of Team Leader with SPBD in Fiji. I have been a Centre manager for a while now, and my role has encompassed training SPBD’s clients as well as doing loan and savings collections at each village. Like all Centre Managers, I have one hour at each centre, so I need to try to be...

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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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Getting to know Fanie Guarnes

Jun 16

Getting to know Fanie Guarnes

Fanie is a Project Officer for SECDEP in the Phillipines. She’s been employed by SECDEP for 4 years and has worked in two branches on Panay Island. The nature of her job sees her regularly on the road, so I was fortunate to be able to catch her on her day off in the office to ask her a few questions. A little about her role with SECDEP Fanie works Mondays to...

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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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Adventure into the Nausori Highlands

May 07

Adventure into the Nausori Highlands

To reach the remote Nausori Highland village outside Nadi in Fiji requires an hour of careful driving up a steep and sometimes foggy road. Thankfully, Usaida is an expert driver on these bumpy roads! Melodie, our South Pacific Program Coordinator, and myself are joining a financial literacy training being delivered by Good Return’s partner South Pacific Business...

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