For the month of June we’ve set the goal of funding 30 women entrepreneurs in 30 days.
The curse of poverty is not just scarcity. It is uncertainty– from a failed crop, diseased livestock, drought, flood, or illness. Our programs ensure that people have access to responsible microfinance, to tide them over through hard times, and help them flourish in the good. Whether our loans are for their business, to repair a roof or to cover household emergencies, they help people build family assets for the future.
We encourage you to donate your loans. Once repaid, the money is re-invested into our responsible microfinance and skills development programs. This helps us support the loans with financial education to make sure that our borrowers know how to manage debt and make the most of their money.
Meet Ruth, she is seeking a loan to grow her business
Fifty-seven-year-old Ruth Tolentino is the ultimate female entrepreneur. Raising five children challenges the determined mother to earn outside of her husband’s labouring income and so she tirelessly operates her own fruit kiosk.
At its current size the kiosk earns just enough to feed the family and provide necessities, but Ruth wants to expand to new opportunities.
This micro-finance opportunity would provide her with additional capital to increase the level and quality of stock and deliver new outreach to potential customers – a difficult task in a rural Filipino market. Ultimately, Ruth hopes growing her business will create a greater level of wellbeing for her children and create much needed financial security for the family.
What a loan means to an entrepreneur:
We've helped over 2 million people, including providing microfinance to over 10,000 entrepreneurs.
One of those entrepreneurs was Seini.
When Seini’s husband passed away she was left to look after her 6 children.
She had bought some land with her husband to build a house that she now couldn’t afford. Without her husband’s income, Seini was sewing through the night just to feed her family.
The good news
After receiving a loan and training from Good Return, Seini boosted her business with new stock and equipment. She learned how to monitor cash flow and reduce her expenses and with the savings from her business, she finally built her home. Seini taught her son David how to sew, who says he feels “very proud” of his mother’s achievements. David’s dream is to have his own clothes shop.
Seini has since been awarded the prestigious businesswoman of the year award in Tonga. Women like Seini don’t just grow their businesses but they lift their whole community up too.
Invest in women like Seini today.