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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Four Phones, One Customer Service Officer

Jun 03

Four Phones, One Customer Service Officer

In this blog post I would like to introduce you to Ms Sok Channlakhina, the Customer Service Officer at Thaneakea Phum Cambodia (TPC). TPC is Good Return’s partner microfinance institution in Cambodia that provides low income women with economic opportunities through the provision of loans for microenterprises. I met up with Ms Sok Channlakhina this week and...

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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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Seini Finau talks financial education

Apr 17

Seini Finau talks financial education

In many ways, Seini Finau is a typical Tongan woman. She makes a living from weaving, and has a radiant golden smile that is both warm and embracing. She is a mother of one, and has adopted other children. It is her goal to be able to support her family and send all of her children to school, which is an aspiration among many Tongan mothers. Last year, she took out...

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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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‘Rebung’: the bamboo effect

Mar 13

‘Rebung’: the bamboo effect

Since it was launched in August 2012, the CUKK’s Rebung (low interest loan) has already had a major impact on working families in Indonesia. The word ‘Rebung’ means ‘bamboo shoot’. In using this term to describe their low interest loans, the CUKK reflects their desire to help the community “grow like strong bamboo.” The CUKK hopes that every person who...

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