The Philippines was a Spanish colony for more than three centuries, before becoming a US territory in 1898 after the Spanish American War.  It was only after the end of the Japanese wartime occupation in 1945 that the Philippines became an independent sovereign state. Lying on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the country has many active volcanoes and is vulnerable to earthquakes and typhoons. But this geography also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity.

Good Return has been working in partnership with St Elizabeth Community Development Program (SECDEP) since September 2010.

SECDEP is a non-government organisation that caters to both enterprise development and health projects in the Philippines. Its mission is to be one of the leading microfinance institutions in the Island of Panay staffed by highly committed and professional people in the pursuit of economically empowered and values-oriented communities.

SECDEP has more than 9,000 active clients; 99% of these clients are women. Read more about our work in the Philippines.