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  1. ‘Impact investing’ for sustainable growth

    February 15, 2017 - by Gaël Marteau - 0 comments

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    When visiting two of Oikocredit’s microfinance partners in Luzon, Philippines, you soon get to see for yourself that microfinance is not only about money.

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  2. Rain and smallholder farmers: A gift to some, a curse to others

    January 26, 2017 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    The Philippines is the world’s third highest risk area for natural disasters. Frequent typhoons and cyclones bring excessive rain and wind, threatening the livelihoods of around 60% of the poorest groups who tend to live in rural communities and must also contend with rising sea levels, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Financial Co-op with Girl Power

    May 23, 2016 - by Study Tour 2016 - 0 comments

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    Travelling in the Ecuadorian Andes. It is seven o’clock in the morning, and a heavy fog still covers the mountains. We are in a minibus on the way from Riobamba to San José de Chimbo, where we will be visiting the Cooperativa San José.

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  8. Searching for Coffee and Coyotes

    May 15, 2016 - by Study Tour 2016 - 0 comments

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    Looking out the window of Our Princess (the name scrawled across the windscreen of our bus), I have a strange feeling. At these incredible heights, the mountains’ colours are drenched in bright light, and the space between earth and sky begins to dissolve into a sea of clouds. Extremely picturesque, but hardly the right environment for coyotes, one would assume.

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  9. Edgar gives dreams a home

    May 14, 2016 - by Study Tour 2016 - 0 comments

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    After visiting the cocoa farmers, we made our way to our next stop. For six hours, late into the night, we drove into the Andes - climbing more than 3,000 meters and crossing several mountain passes.

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  10. A sweet aftertaste

    May 13, 2016 - by Study Tour 2016 - 0 comments

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    The sun is directly above us as ‘‘Rain’ shoves an inquisitive nose in our direction. Rain is one of seven dogs that roam on Victor‘s small farm of 10 hectares between a forest of cocoa trees. As a member of a cooperative that sells its cocoa beans to UNOCACE, an organization supported by Oikocredit, Victor helps Germans satisfy their insatiable craving for chocolate.

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