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Presentation to the Southern Womens Action Network at the AGM on September 21st 2008

Presentation to the Southern Womens Action Network at the AGM on September 21st 2008

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  • 1. World Education Australia Balancing the Scales
  • 2. How did I get here?
  • 3. World Education Australia Enriching Human Potential
  • 4. World Education Australia Enriching Human Potential
    • We believe no one deserves a life of poverty
    • World Education Australia delivers the powerful combination -
    • microfinance
    • livelihoods
    • literacy
    • enabling the poor to increase their incomes and change their lives forever.
  • 5. Who we are ….
    • World Education Australia – established in 2003 as specialists in Microfinance and Livelihood Development
    • Part of the global World Education Network which is 57 years old & with offices in 25 countries; has worked in over 60 countries
    • World Education is an ACFID signatory and has AusAID accreditation
    • CEO and Program Director are experts in the field of Microfinance - have consulted for AusAID, UN, USAID, ADB and more
  • 6. World Bank- The world is poorer than we thought
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  • 8. Our Core Work - MORE than just a LOAN
    • “ The Three Pillars”
  • 9. Our Core Work - More than a Loan
    • The First Pillar- Microfinance
    • Small loans and financial services to poor people in order for them to start or expand self employment ventures.
    • Provide access to appropriate financial services
      • Savings
      • Credit
      • Insurance
      • Remittances (payment transfer services)
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    • The Second Pillar- Literacy
    • Enable people to develop the basic foundation skills of reading, writing and financial literacy
    • Basic literacy courses
    • Economic Education Classes
    • Financial Literacy courses
  • 12. Basic Literacy Classes in Makwanpur, Nepal
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    • The Third Pillar- Livelihoods
    • Training in sewing, pig raising, lime drying, growing new crops
    • Training in basic market assessments and business plans
    • Building life skills- confidence building, hygiene, health, and leadership
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  • 15. Why it works
    • Does not create welfare/aid dependency
    • Cost effective, sustainable and market oriented solution to poverty reduction
    • Builds self esteem– enables individuals to support themselves and their families
    • Grassroots level
    • 97% Repayment rate
  • 16. Multiplier Effect
    • Lending to one woman on average helps improve the direct lives of 5 others (World Education field experience)
    • The local NGO or community group has increased skills to deliver the program to others in need
    • Greater investment in female education could raises GDP growth by .2% per year and income per capita by 14% by 2020   ( Goldman Sachs “Women Hold Up Half the Sky”)
    • World Education Australia’s mission positively impacts 6 of 8 UN Millennium Development Goals
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  • 18. World Education Australia Projects
    • Good Return online loan portal
    • Tin Khamba- Nepal
    • Microbank- Laos
    • My Better Future- Cambodia
    • Others:
      • Tibet
      • Sri Lanka
      • Bangladesh
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    • The Tin Khamba (three pillar) project provides poor, low-caste and minority women with an opportunity to develop their literacy and numeracy skills, manage their own savings and credit groups, and improve their livelihoods.
    • Over 18 months, a disadvantaged Nepalese woman will participate in:
      • basic literacy classes
      • basic financial literacy classes, such as budgets and numeracy
      • starting and running savings and loan groups
      • livelihood workshops to gain skills  to start or expand her business
    Nepal
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  • 48. What Next?
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  • 50. Why it will work
    • Similar online models have raised over US $42 million through 337,000 online lenders
    • Leverages existing and successful partnerships / relationships
    • Innovative social enterprise
    • Provides donors/lenders with transparency & direct connection with the beneficiary
    • Marketing plan in place
    • Pro bono Advertising and PR firm
    • Web 2.0 Marketing tools
  • 51. We Need You!!
    • Get Involved-
      • Become a member
      • Donate
      • Spread the word of Good Return- can we use your email to let you know when it is launched?
      • Volunteer
  • 52. Thank you