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Amy

Place: Olongapo, Philippines   Age: 50   Business: Sari-Sari Store   Loan: 50 €   As eldest sister and mother, Amy takes care of her youngest sister and her youngest brother, as well as her two sons, her daughter (29) and her granddaughter. This mix of generations is typical for a Filipino family from the […]

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Loren

Place: Subic, Philippines   Age: 37   Business: Grocery Store   Loan: 90 €   After the separation from her husband, the 37-year-old Loren now lives together with her four children in Subic, a Philippine municipality in the province of Zambales. There, they inhabit a house with a small sales room, in which Loren sells […]

Earthquake in Lombok

A 6.4 earthquake shook the island of Lombok on Sunday morning just before 07:00 am local time. Even in the 1 to 2 hours drive from the epicenter the villages of Pringgasela and Suela, in which we support village communities with microcredits, the heavy tremors were felt. “People panicked and ran away from buildings,” says […]

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.