Our April 2012 trip to the Philippines was a wonderful experience! We were not only with the CCT/Philippines staff, but representatives of our Sri Lankan, South African, and Ugandan microfinance partners for training provided by CCT on "Establishing and Multiplying Healthy Microfinance Branches". CCT has 140 branches around the Philippines, and the other participating MFIs have no more than 5, so there was much to learn from our Filipino sisters and brothers. This was one more module in the Strategic Training Initiative (STI) partnership between CCT and PEER Servants aimed to train smaller Christian MFIs in key aspects of Christian microfinance.
|Filipinos, Sri Lankans, Ugandans, and South Africans learning from each other.|
As with any PEER Servants trip, it was a lot of work but not without play! We were able to overlook the beautiful Taal Volcano while enjoying lunch on one day, did some shopping in one of the Manila markets, became addicted to the "Mafia" game one evening, and caught one of the most amazing sunsets in the world looking west from Manila Bay. All of this built a very strong fellowship among class participants that led to some sad good byes at the end of the week.
PEER Servants makes two trips each year to the Philippines for the STI training. The next will be November 9-18, 2012 -- let us know if you'd like to join the trip!