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Carina

Place: Subic, Philippines   Age: 37   Business: Sari Sari Store   Loan: 83 €   Subic is a municipality in Zambales province and the site of a former U.S. military base at Subic Bay. Our micro-borrower Carina lives among approximately 100,000 inhabitants of the city. The 37-year-old mother lives in a small three-bedroom apartment […]

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Oktavia

Place: Denpasar, Indonesia   Age: 32   Business: Hijab-Shop   Loan: 67 €   Although almost 90% of Indonesians are Muslims, Octavia’s business is a rarity in Bali, because Bali is almost exclusively inhabited by Hindus. On the small area directly in front of their apartment, Oktavia offers colorful and fashionable appealing hijabs, which are headscarves […]

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Philippines: Childhood dreams

Every person has dreams, no matter what conditions they grow up in. The participants in the training program of Project Life Subic, our partner organization from the Philippines all have a less privileged background. GMI volunteer Anja interviewed 3 participants sponsored by us in the current course and wanted to know from them: “What was […]

Meet our program participants: Jennifer participated in a training program, sponsored by us. Then we gave her two micro loans and today she runs her own, successful design studio! In this short video you can learn more about her.

"The fact that people had to live in and from garbage shocked me to the core. How desperate does one have to be to sell their own children in some cases, just to feed the rest of the family?" Tobias Schüßler about his experiences in the Philippines and the founding of Global Micro Initiative.

In this video, you learn more about the beginnings of our work in South East Asia.