KMBI Celebrates Partnerships through 2nd Appreciation Event

A total of 150 representatives from diverse industry partners converged at 55 Events Place, Quezon City for the 2nd Partners’ Appreciation Night of KMBI last October 24, 2018.

The event, themed “Celebrating Connections, Embracing Innovations,” highlights the milestones KMBI has achieved through the connections the organization has with its partners and Program Members.

30 selected Program Members also graced the event to meet the institutions behind KMBI’s product offerings and how these connections work together to make its social and financial services more inclusive and accessible to the poor.

The Program Members also had an exhibit to showcase their products, with the aim of expanding their future network and exploring possible business partnerships. Two of these Program Members attested on how KMBI and its partners collaborated to uplift their lives.

In response to the clients’ testimonies, three of KMBI’s partners—First Life Financial Co., Unilever Pure-It, and APPEND—expressed their gratitude and committed to continually improve their processes to better serve KMBI Program Members.

Since 2016, the Partners’ Appreciation Night is being held biennially to promote the value of partnerships, and achieve common goals. This is in consonance with two of KMBI’s strategic directions which are: (1) to ensure sustainability of KMBI; and (2) to foster an atmosphere of trust built on integrity.

KMBI & APPEND Host Iponaryo Seminar

APPEND, in cooperation with KMBI, KDFI, and Chinkee Tan, held the first tranche of Iponaryo seminar at Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Center, Pasig City last August 29, 2018, educating more than 500 participants on money management.

The delegates were composed of KMBI staff & clients, students & teachers from a nearby public school, young professionals, and clients of other microfinance institutions.

The seminar was in consonance with APPEND’s mission to produce 1 million Iponaryos or Filipinos who are sufficiently empowered with financial education and who have basic understanding of proper budgeting and saving.

This effort was also pursuant to Republic Act 10699, otherwise known as An Act Promoting Entrepreneurship and Financial Education among Filipino Youth signed in 2016, which aims to hone the financial decision-making skills of young Filipinos that will help them build social enterprises.

KMBI Reaches Out to Fire Victims in Cebu

KMBI, in cooperation with APPEND and KDFI, extended relief efforts to some 350 children affected by the fire incident last May 7, 2018 that razed around 100 homes in Ermita, Cebu City.

The relief efforts, initiated by KMBI Cebu North Branch last June 30, 2018, included a mass feeding program and provision of school kits to the fire victims.

KMBI and APPEND Relief Efforts Benefit 26 Households in Rizal

A total of 26 fire victims from two separate fire incidents benefitted from the relief goods and basic construction supplies handed out by KMBI Angono Branch and APPEND.

According to the witnesses, the fire razed around 200 households within the area of Meralco Village in Taytay, Rizal last May 29, 2018.

25 Program Members from Meralco Village were able to receive basic construction supplies such as galvanized iron sheets for roofing, plywood, coco lumber and nails to construct basic housing. In addition, relief goods were distributed to the victims to help ease their plight during this time of transition.

The same provisions were also afforded to another Program Member in a separate fire incident the previous week.