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  1. Angelita’s story: beauty salons with a social mission

    January 13, 2017 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    In a bustling Bacolod mall we meet Angelita Tupaz (50). Angelita became a client of Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) eight years ago with an individual loan of PHP 50,000 (around € 1,000). She used the loan to open a shop selling hair products. The mall we visited is now home to three of her branches, including her first shop. Angelita invited us into one of her beauty salons and we settled into hairdressing chairs to hear her story.

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  2. Improving lives in Luzon and turning pests into profit

    January 12, 2017 - by Emily Korstanje - 0 comments

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    Driving through the beautiful lush green region of Luzon you encounter many rice fields and farm lands. It is easy to understand why this enchanting region is known for agriculture. Our scenic drive brought us to the hotel of our partner, Abrasa Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Abrasa). Immediately we were given a very warm welcome and a delicious Philippine lunch.

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  3. Dungganon and women’s empowerment on the island of Negros

    January 11, 2017 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    On Monday I visited Negros Women’s for Tomorrow Foundation (NWTF) on Negros, an island of the Visayas in the Philippines. To get there, I had to fly from Manila to Bacolod, where we were warmly welcome by a NWTF representative and drove through sugar cane fields to our final destination. On the road, I saw people on motorbikes wearing rain ponchos and a festival of colourful umbrellas. 

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  4. First impressions and meeting our colleagues in the Philippines

    January 9, 2017 - by Emily Korstanje - 0 comments

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    I’ve never been to the Philippines before but my heart has been stolen by several countries in Southeast Asia, and the Philippines is starting to do the same. Coming from the (freezing cold) Netherlands the sunshine put an immediate smile on my face.

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  5. Partner visit to SEKEM: It takes a vision and a community

    November 7, 2016 - by Malu Padilla - 0 comments

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    We started our journey home at the crack of dawn following a fantastic visit to SEKEM. As the farm buildings receded into the darkness, my thoughts turned to the additional baggage we were bringing back with us. It was an amazing week of seeing the unfolding of a vision. 

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  6. Partner visit to SEKEM: A unique university and a festival

    November 5, 2016 - by Archie Pearson - 0 comments

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    In the morning we were able to visit the last part of the SEKEM education supply chain, the Heliopolis University. While in the afternoon, we were able to attend SEKEM’s 39th anniversary held in the SEKEM amphitheatre.

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  7. Partner visit to SEKEM: support and returns on family land

    November 4, 2016 - by Cheryl Jackson - 2 comments

    Donkey’s at a SEKEM supplier farm

    We set off on a two-hour drive to visit one of SEKEM’s farmer suppliers in the Fayoum oasis, a 6,000km2 basin, 30% of which is fertile farmland. This rich agricultural area, 90km southwest of Cairo, is watered by the Nile through a comprehensive series of canals and dams. The water then drains into a desert depression that forms a large lake.

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  8. Partner visit to SEKEM: From plant to package

    November 3, 2016 - by Edwin Deventer - 4 comments

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    While yesterday we were able to take a look at SEKEM’s educational activities, today we explored SEKEM’s business operations:  its agricultural work, as well as its production of food, beverages and clothing.

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  9. Partner visit to SEKEM: Education as the foundation of human development

    November 2, 2016 - by Malu Padilla - 0 comments

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    After waking up to a serene misty morning, we enjoyed a delicious Egyptian breakfast and embarked on the first day of our week-long SEKEM partner visit. We began with their morning practice of forming a circle where we introduced ourselves to each other. We were told that starting the day in a circle is a SEKEM tradition that symbolises equality. It is their way of wishing each other a good day.

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  10. Partner visit to SEKEM: First impressions

    October 31, 2016 - by Edwin Deventer - 1 comment

    Dinner at the SEKEM guesthouse (from left to right: Wilfried Steen, José Augusto Cordón, Malu Padilla, Christine Arlt and Rene Floride).

    The first Oikocredit partner visit to SEKEM is taking place from Sunday 30 October to Sunday 6 November. A group of nine people, who are all involved with Oikocredit in different ways, will keep you updated of their findings through this blog.

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