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The National Confederation of Cooperatives
The National Confederation of Cooperatives, the Philippine’s largest federation of cooperatives, contracted SEDPI’s services to document microfinance best practices of Philippine cooperatives. The research involved four leading cooperatives – Novaliches Development Cooperative, Barangka Multipurpose Cooperative, Lamac Multipurpose Cooperative and Panabo Multipurpose Cooperative. The research aims to design appropriate microfinance service delivery for Philippine cooperatives.

Plan International
One of the goals of Plan Philippines is to improve the economic capabilities of the rural families and therefore reduce the poverty-inflicted risks and impacts to children. Plan hopes to achieve this through its sustainable livelihood development program. The program aims to facilitate and deliver critical services that will improve the
capacities of the poor to develop and implement livelihood activities. Plan Philippines recognizes that a sustainable and logical approach to livelihood development in this context starts with ensuring that people are being provided of appropriate support interventions that would best address their needs particularly in improving their livelihoods.

SEDPI facilitated capacity building to technical staff and community leaders in Plan’s areas of operations. The capacity building is in line with the thrust to help communities develop group enterprises that would result in wider outreach and benefits for the majority of community populations. Simple business plans were developed and used
as a guide of the people to plan and implement their own community-based enterprises

Sustainable Economic Activity Development, Inc.
The Sustainable Economic Activity and Development is a spin-off organization of CARE-Philippines. SEAD regularly commissions SEDPI to provide training to its management staff. The trainings are designed to equip and update management staff on microfinance and microenterprise development interventions. The trainings are on delinquency management, financial product design and development, and making market work for the poor. SEDPI
is also conducting impact assessment to seven of its client microfinance institutions.

Muntinlupa Development Foundation
To support its various social initiatives and programs, Muntinlupa Development Foundation (MDF) operates a microfinance program. Through the Training and Mentoring Assistance, MDF was able to drastically improve its portfolio quality in six months. Its old system of conducting microfinance had 82% portfolio at risk. With new systems in place, PAR has been reduced to 20%. MDF also adopted a performance-based incentive scheme that motivates account officers to select adequate number of ‘quality’ clients. Its information system is able to produce reports that reflect the performance of each account officer and the program as a whole. Although a lot of goals still need to be achieved, MDF’s managing director is confident that these will be achieved as they set out for expansion
of operations.

Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement
The Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) was established in 1952 and is committed to the cause of Filipino peasants. PRRM’s sustainable livelihood and enterprise development strategy aims to contribute to household food security, increased incomes, and building sustainable livelihood systems. Alternative finance programs that involve the extension of financial services to the poor are implemented under this strategy.

Two PRRM chapters, North Cotabato and Camiguin, and Stichting Kapatiran Philippines, Inc. participated in a training and mentoring assistance (TAMA) with SEDPI. The TAMA resulted in financial product designs that are fit to the needs of the target markets; in improved portfolio quality; and in efficient information systems among others.