CHINA-BASED MFI VISITS TSPI ENTREPRENEURS

SIXTEEN members of the CFPA Microfinance Management Ltd. (CFPAMF), a microfinance institution based in Beijing, China, visited the country to conduct insight visits with various local MFIs in the Philippines.  The delegation was composed of selected managers and supervisors from its pool of branch personnel, engaged in branch operations, training, customer service, and information...
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BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

When TSPI unveiled its new Discipleship Formation Program in mid-2015, people were initially lukewarm to the idea. Some even asked, “Do you plan to turn us into pastors?” Their fears were soon allayed when Mario Galvez Jr. and the rest of the TSPI discipleship team explained the rationale behind Landas ng Alagad ni Kristo tungo sa Buhay na Araw-araw Yumayabong, or LAKBAY (Filipino for...
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INNOVATE TO CREATE

MANY SMALL Filipino enterprises are born out of a livelihood skill, a bright idea, or a strong drive to sell products to address the needs of the market.  Fortunately for some of these small enterprises, being creative and innovative sets them apart from the rest and proves to be critical in their success. A concrete example of an innovative entrepreneur is Beatriz Sibayan, a 52-year-old...
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LIFE’S MANY ZIGZAGS

FOR MANY, a zigzag road is symbolic of a long and winding journey that can be compared to a difficult life.  But for 36-year-old Edita Muhi, she considers living beside the zigzag road as a blessing, despite the many challenges. Ironically, for Nanay Edita, she opened up a small business along the Old Zigzag Road located at the foot of the Quezon National Park, which gives you a preview of her...
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HOPE FROM COCO HUSKS

PRACTICALLY everywhere in Bicol, endless rows of coconut trees seem to dominate the landscape.  Some TSPI clients are seizing opportunities from this abundance to help transform once-sleepy communities into thriving areas of business. From the upland town of Manito in southeastern Albay, the Mayon Volcano towers above Legazpi City and the serene gulf.  The view is one-of-a-kind, but some...
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TSPI HOSTS STUDY TOUR FOR NEPAL MFIs

MEMBERS of various Nepal-based microfinance institutions (MFI) recently visited the country to study the microfinance practices and the regulatory system of microfinance in the Philippines.  The Centre for Self-help Development (CSD) and the Rural Microfinance Development Centre (RMDC), two organized MFI networks in Kathmandu, were recently in the country to be a part of a week-long exposure...
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