Category Archives: Microfinance

DAR Project Reaches 19,000 Poor Households

By: Hazel Atienza The Department of Agrarian Reform Micro Agri Loan Product (MALP) was an integrated credit delivery project for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs). The program aims to intensify and fast track the provision of microfinance services to target clients (ARBs/ARB households and rural women) to finance their agri-based enterprises through capable partner MFIs. Having […]

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Why Financial Literacy is Crucial to Microfinance Staff

by Denise Subido Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) face a myriad of issues in running their day-to-day operations. One problem they are constantly faced with is delinquency. Delinquency is a prevaling problem that has negative repercussions for an institution. One peculiar finding, however, is that when there is delinquency, there are also cases of fraud. In fact, […]

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Financial Literacy for CASS Beneficiaries

by Carlo Niño Yacob The Climate Adaptation Support Services (CASS) project intends to develop communities in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, toward climate-resiliency through economic empowerment. Climate Change Commission (CCC) in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implements CASS. With financial support in the form of cash transfers coming from the government, it […]

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SDFI’s Net Income Soars by 46% in 2015

SEDPI Development Finance, Inc.’s (SDFI) net income jumped by 46% from PhP3.44 million in 2014 to PhP5.03 million in 2015. This is the highest net income of SDFI on record. The surge in net income is on the back of modest asset growth of only 9% that is an indicator of a more efficient use […]

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Challenge of Integrating Crop Insurance in Agricultural Financing

By Romeo Arahan Jr. SEDPI recently concluded the MFI Credit Support to Agri-production and Enterprises of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries or ARB Households and Rural Women in the Program Beneficiaries Development Model Areas project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) on July 2015. During the contract period, SEDPI was able to formulate micro-agricultural loan products […]

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Adopting Technology to Improve Microfinance Efficiency

By: Bea Arnela Parungo RAFI Microfinance (RMF) has constantly been revolutionizing their operations through breakthrough innovations. Last April, RMF upgraded its Management Information System (MIS) to improve efficiency in operations. On-field account management and record-keeping using the mobile application eliminates redundancies and reduces total work load. Instead of recording in collection sheets, the field staff […]

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CCC Launches Community of Practice

By: Miguel Roberto Parungo In an effort to create more relevant discussions on the issues of climate change, the Climate Change Commission (CCC) launched the Climate Change Community of Practice (ccc-cop.org) last December 18, 2015 at Novotel in Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. The Community of Practice (CoP) serves as a platform in storing and […]

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Pulilan LGU Adopts Mobile Money

by Denise Subido Today’s world is made smaller and more convenient through the use of technology. What was once impossible or inconvenient can now be done with one touch on your mobile phone. In the Philippines, 80% of households have at least one mobile phone. Aside from making calls, texts and use of internet, mobile […]

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Enabling Access to Government Social Security Services through Microfinance

by Romeo Arahan Jr. It is ironic that the poor get social security through microinsurance from microfinance institutions first before they are able to access government-mandated social security benefits. Based on SEDPI’s research, 90% of microfinance clients have access to microinsurance from MFIs while only 10% have access to Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth and […]

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SDFI Posts 24% Growth in 2014

    SEDPI Development Finance, Inc. (SDFI) posted an impressive 24% growth in its total assets in 2014. This is twice the growth of the banking industry that grew by 12% in the same period. Increase in loan portfolio drove SDFI’s growth that grew from PhP160 million to PhP211 million posting a growth rate of […]

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