05 Mar 2013

A world without poverty

A world without poverty

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That’s the vision of Good Return, a not-for-profit organisation that provides microfinance loans to women living in poor, isolated communities across the Asia Pacific region.

These loans empower them to start or grow their own businesses – providing financial stability, self sufficiency, and a way out of poverty.

In fact, microfinance encompasses not just the provision of a loan, but also access to savings, insurance and money transfer products they otherwise would not have. When the loan is re-paid, the money is put back into the community through the supply of education and skills development programs such as literacy, numeracy and basic finance courses. In that way, Good Return provides lasting, long-term benefits not just for individuals, but for whole families and communities.

Good Return is supporting International Women’s Day on the 8th of March 2013, and Smartsalary is really proud to be partnering with them for the month of March in an effort to raise awareness for this fantastic cause.

Just a few dollars can go a long way in changing the lives of women in places like Nepal, East Timor and the Philippines – places that may have exotic names, but where extreme poverty is rife and women’s voices often go unheard.

The aim of International Women’s Day is to emphasise, appreciate and cultivate the important role of women in society.

In line with these values, Good Return’s theme for this year’s International Women’s Day celebration is ‘Help a Woman, Help a Community’. This sums up everything the organisation stands for.  By giving a woman living in poverty the chance to increase her income and gain education, she in turn is able to invest in her family to ensure nutritional and medical needs are met, as well as pass on the skills she learns to her own daughters, neighbours and friends – creating change for whole communities.

Throughout the month of March, our customers will have the opportunity to make pre-tax donations to Good Return, and help change the lives of women out there that need our help. A donations page is available when customers log in to their account with Smartsalary. All donations will go towards education programs that will be run in rural villages where most women are unable to read, write or count.

We’ll also be posting stories on our blog during March about some of the women who have benefited from the help of Good Return!

Stay tuned for more!

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