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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My first 36 hours as a Field Support Officer in the Philippines

Mar 25

My first 36 hours as a Field Support Officer in the Philippines

Hello GR blog readers! We are excited to introduce you to Zena, who has just arrived and is making herself at home in the Philippines for the next year. Along with Jason and Zac, expect regular updates about her life overseas working as a Good Return Field Support Officer with our partner SECDEP. It’s been a whirlwind welcome to the Philippines, but 3 days in and...

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International Day of Happiness :)

Mar 20

International Day of Happiness :)

Today, March 20, is the International Day of Happiness. The idea of celebrating a day of happiness came from Bhutan – a country with a very low GDP per capita, but ranked among the happiest nations in the world. The story begins with the King of Bhutan, who in 1972 grew tired of countries being measured purely by their gross domestic product. As a result, he...

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Challenging statistics on gender equality, even in Australia

Mar 19

Challenging statistics on gender equality, even in Australia

One of our favourite yearly traditions are our International Women’s Day breakfasts hosted in partnership with Clayton Utz. This year we were fortunate to have Avril Henry, HR consultant as our keynote speaker and Kate Jordan, Partner in Charge of Clayton Utz Sydney as our special guest. We wanted to share these challenging statistics about gender equality in...

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Welcome to Cambodia

Mar 17

Welcome to Cambodia

Hello Good Return blog readers! We are very excited to introduce Jason to you, who is one of four new volunteers representing us in the countries where we work. Jason has just arrived in Cambodia. You will be hearing from the other volunteers as they arrive in Fiji and the Philippines in the upcoming weeks. It’s been three days since I landed in Cambodia and I...

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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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So what is a Social Performance Officer, anyway?

Mar 11

So what is a Social Performance Officer, anyway?

I recently spoke to a friend from London that I hadn’t caught up with for a while. “How have you been?” he asked, “how is your new job, what have you been up to?” As a relative newcomer to the Good Return team I’ve been asked these questions a lot by friends and family recently. More often than not, I struggle to find an answer; after all, the title...

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