GSMicrofinance

October 17 - 21, 2016
Cairns, North Queensland, Australia

The research team at Good Shepherd Microfinance visited partner organisations and remote communities around Cairns in Far North Queensland to hear about the impacts for people and communities of our No Interest Loan Scheme. For people living in remote communities, access to bank branches and retail stores can be very limited. It could take four hours to drive to the closest major town with banks and retailers, and the cost of delivery for appliances and furniture can be prohibitive. Organisations in Far North Queensland that issue NILS loans provide remote communities with access to safe and affordable loans for household goods, as well as relationships with retailers who will supply goods at value for money prices and deliver to far flung locations. 

October 18, 2016
Cairns, North Queensland, Australia

NILS programs from the northern area of Brisbane participated in a Financial Inclusion Forum hosted by the Brisbane City Council (BCC).  The event was attended by over 30 community organisations that have a delivery component that encompasses financial inclusion.  The result of the day was the BCC workers collating a book of financial resource information.

Corinne Proske from Good Shepherd Microfinance participated in an event hosted by Wesley Mission Queensland on the Gold Coast.

October 19, 2016
Cairns, North Queensland, Australia

Queensland Government launched their Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP) at an Anti-Poverty Week event hosted by Micah Projects. 

October 19, 2016
Cairns, North Queensland, Australia

Good Shepherd Microfinance hosted the Queensland Microfinance Forum, Putting the client first (agenda attached). The forum was a gathering of No Interest Loan (NILS) workers and volunteers from organisations across Queensland. Key staff from Good Shepherd Microfinance and other relevant stakeholders provided information and discussions on how low income earners can be best supported through microfinance initiatives.