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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Thanks for supporting the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Feb 06

Thanks for supporting the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

When the Philippines was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan late last year, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of Good Return supporters. With donations to our appeal totalling $18,200, the money has been put to work – with 100% of the funds going straight to the Philippines.  Over $16, 000 has been spent on food and supplies, $936 on project coordination and...

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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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Candy Paris: Not just a plain housewife!

Mar 06

Candy Paris: Not just a plain housewife!

Candy was the final woman I met with on my trip to the Philippines in January. Soft spoken with an ever-present and contagious smile, she is prominent in my memory for two reasons. The first: how she carefully wrote “plain housewife” as her occupation. The second: the joy and pride she felt from having a microfinance loan, because it meant that someone believed...

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