The SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards 2014

Oct 02

The SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards 2014

October 2, 2014 The SPBD Business Woman of the Year Awards was a rather special occasion this year, marking 5 years of SPBD in Tonga. It was held over three days with a Saturday evening cocktail party, Sunday church service, and the main parade and award ceremony on Monday. The whole event was a fantastic showcase and celebration of the spirit and efforts of the...

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You know you’ve made it when you have your name on the chair

Sep 24

You know you’ve made it when you have your name on the chair

Good Return’s partner TPC in Cambodia has recently commenced financial education awareness training to University students.  The purpose of the training is to raise the student’s awareness of financial matters and help put them on the path to future financial success. Together with the Training Team at TPC, I had the privilege of facilitating a session on how...

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Tulia teaches the tricks of the trade

Sep 22

Tulia teaches the tricks of the trade

When I first see Tulia Rogoiruwai, it is in her role as Financial Education Facilitator (volunteer community coach), and she is busy giving a report to her centre on the performance of their financial diaries. She is confident and in her element, pointing to charts she has made herself to coach her fellow centre members on how to fill their cash flows correctly. It...

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Community banking in the Philippines

Aug 11

Community banking in the Philippines

Hello, kumusta? My name is Fanie Guarnes and I am a community banker with Good Return’s partner, SECDEP, in the Philippines.  There are many things that I love about my job. I love to serve clients and experience other municipalities, I find it very rewarding when problems are overcome, and I enjoy the level of flexibility my job gives me. I am also excited...

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Riding in the rain

Jul 27

Riding in the rain

Rain, rain and more rain.   One of the challenges of providing small loans in rural Cambodia is that at this time of year it rains!   Of course, the rain is needed by most of my clients to grow their crops and it makes the countryside turn into a bright green colour.  But it also means that I spend a lot of time under my rain coat and riding my motorbike slow...

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Dream job just got better

Jul 26

Dream job just got better

Being a trainer is not only my favourite job, but also my dream job.  My first job was a primary school teacher when I was 19 years old and then I become a secondary school teacher at age 21.  I taught my students Maths and Physics.  After this, when I was working as a Loans Officer, I saw many problems people had due to lack of knowledge and skills in financial...

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