Success Story: Susana

Susana hat schon immer hart gearbeitet und war unternehmerisch aktiv. Neben Polvoron, einem weichen und krümeligen Schmalzgebäck, welches ursprünglich aus Spanien kommt, verkaufte sie auch Atchara, eine Gurke, die aus unreifer Papaya geschält wird. […]

2021-03-15T10:53:24+01:0010. December 2020|

International Volunteer’s Day

“Without a team of volunteers, our work in Southeast Asia would not be possible,” says Tobias Schüßler, founder of Global Micro Initiative e.V.

The “International Day of Volunteers for Economic and Social Development”, also known […]

2021-03-15T10:47:47+01:005. December 2020|

Update from Indonesia

Our aim to open a bank account for all of our microloan participants is progressing during September. The representatives of our partner organization “Gema Alam” regularly visit our microloan participants. During these visits our […]

2021-03-15T10:53:14+01:005. November 2020|

50 % on top of your Donation!

“Using digital payment options to fight poverty” is the motto of our new donation campaign. Our goal: We would like to give more than 100 small entrepreneurs from Southeast Asia the chance for a […]

2021-03-15T10:51:59+01:0031. October 2020|

International Day of Coffee

“25 years ago, my father brought the first coffee seeds, Robusta Kantim, to our village of Beririjarak. He had participated in government training courses for coffee and cocoa farmers and had started growing Robusta. […]

2021-03-15T10:51:50+01:004. October 2020|

Meet our Volunteer: Anja

Our author Anja schould already be known to our dililgent readers. Anja has been writing program participants’ success stories and other stories for our website for nearly four years, making her the longest […]

2021-03-15T10:50:57+01:0028. September 2020|

Interview Silvia

“Volunteering is an integral part of my life.”
Silvia – Co-Founder and Member of the Board

There are few GMI members, donors or GMI volunteers who have not […]

2021-03-15T11:05:42+01:0022. September 2020|

Interview Marion

“We love what we do and we take our commitment very personally”

Marion – Co-Founder and Member of the Board

September 2014: The young student and Tobias got to know each other during their joint study […]

2021-03-15T11:05:55+01:0017. September 2020|

Interview with Tobias

People who have to live in and from garbage – At the age of 18, after graduating from high school, Tobias spent two years with an aid organization in Southeast Asia. In the […]

2021-03-15T10:47:55+01:006. September 2020|



Place: Olongapo City, Philippines  
Age: 28  
Business: Sari-Sari Store  
Loan: 90 €


A Sari-Sari store […]

2021-03-15T11:06:33+01:0020. August 2020|

Philippines: Mobile Payments

A big part of South East Asia’s population already lived in poverty prior the ongoing pandemic. The lockdowns worsened the situation… But some of our microloan participants could sustain their small businesses and adjusted […]

2021-03-15T10:55:24+01:0013. August 2020|

Update: Nong

In 2018 we financed a training course for Nong, who is from a small village in the north of Thailand. Now, 2 years later and shortly […]

2021-03-15T11:12:24+01:004. August 2020|

New: Videos

Would you like to watch videos about our project participants? Then check out our new video page! Here we present individual project participants and show you what we do in Indonesia and the Philippines […]

2021-03-15T10:55:09+01:0030. July 2020|

Update: Lorenas Piggery

Lorena was given a loan last October 4, 2019; her plan was to start a piggery business with only one gilt (female pig). She used the money that she received from us through breeding […]

2021-03-15T10:53:33+01:0023. July 2020|

Beginning of a new Life

Update July 2020

We say Thank You! For our partner organization in Thailand, the last months were also very tense. Due to the economic difficulties Pattaya is […]

2021-03-15T11:12:22+01:008. July 2020|

Covid: impact on our entrepreneurs

In March 2020 the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared as a pandemic and spread across the globe. Many of our programs´ participants are from Indonesia – which already has taken its toll from […]

2021-03-15T11:12:19+01:003. July 2020|

Donate Without Paying a Dime

Have you ever heard of the WeCanHelp platform? If not, then you should read this text here very carefully.

Bildungsspender and WeCanHelp are among the most successful charity buying platforms in Germany. The principle: Help […]

2021-03-15T10:54:53+01:0027. June 2020|

Sewing Trainings

Global Micro Initiative cooperates with many partners in South East Asia. One of our partners is Project Life Subic with its qualitative training program in the Philippines. Many trainees acquire useful skills in processing […]

2021-03-15T10:54:47+01:0022. June 2020|

Masks by Farmi

COVID-19 poses enormous challenges for the population of Indonesia. To counteract these, the people in Southeast Asia are working together to find solutions for the current situation. One of them is the small entrepreneur […]

2021-03-15T11:12:15+01:0017. June 2020|

Donate by Shopping Online Part II

Amazon is the new shopping google. Everyone knows Amazon, but who knows

This is THE opportunity to donate money through Amazon shopping and it works without any additional costs for the buyer! With each […]

2021-03-15T10:54:37+01:0011. June 2020|


Place: Pancor, East-Lombok, Indonesia  
Age: 32  
Business: Electronics Repair S
2021-03-15T11:12:12+01:006. June 2020|


Place: East-Lombok, Indonesia  
Age: 51  
Business: Warung  
Loan: 60 €


Amaq Meng lives together with his […]

2021-03-15T10:54:20+01:0030. May 2020|


Indonesia is the country with the highest Muslim population in the world. Many Muslims around the world including Indonesian Muslims fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The most important holiday is “Eid Al-Fitr” […]

2021-03-15T11:12:07+01:0026. May 2020|


Place: East-Lombok, Indonesia  
Age: 37  
Business: Food Stall  
Loan: 56 €


An own small food stall […]

2021-03-15T10:55:56+01:0017. May 2020|

Protective Equipment against Covid

Fear of the coronavirus-induced disease COVID-19 and the protection of the Filipino population has led President Duterte to impose a strict curfew on the country. This also affects the work of our Philippine partner […]

2021-03-15T11:12:05+01:0010. May 2020|


Place: East-Lombok, Indonesia  
Age: 50  
Business: Store
Loan: 56 €


Demah is an Indonesian woman, 50 years old […]

2021-03-15T11:11:58+01:004. May 2020|


It is the year 2563, and happy people in the streets of Thailand actually wanted to celebrate the turn of the year by splashing each other with water. Monks wanted to wash Buddha statues […]

2021-03-15T10:45:17+01:002. May 2020|


Lek’s life was never easy. The Thai woman living in Pattaya has already experienced a lot in her 35 years of life, unfortunately not many positives. After the divorce from her husband, who was […]

2021-03-15T10:54:13+01:0021. April 2020|

A silver lining

In the Philippines, a total lockdown has stopped all our activities and most participant’s businesses had to close. Not Shiela’s, though. Sheila received a micro loan from […]

2021-03-15T10:47:08+01:007. April 2020|

Networking Event in Lombok

Through microcredits and training, we at GMI want to help people in Southeast Asia live a better and more self-determined life. With this financial support, our participants are able to become financially independent and […]

2021-03-15T10:53:43+01:004. April 2020|

Corona Update

The corona virus also impacts our partner organizations and project participants in South East Asia. In Indonesia, a national emergency has been declared. In the Philippines, President Duterte imposed a curfew on the entire […]

2021-03-15T10:53:38+01:0029. March 2020|


Place: East-Lombok, Indonesia  
Age: 33  
Business: Poultry Food  
Loan: 130 €


Supriadi and his wife are parents of one son and one daughter. To […]

2021-03-15T10:44:36+01:0026. March 2020|

Women’s Day Celebration

On March 2, 2020, 11 aspiring women and our GMI representatives Anthony, Gilbert and Melinda came together to celebrate the International Women’s Day at the Project Life Subic Center in the Philippines. This year’s […]

2021-03-15T10:55:33+01:0018. March 2020|


Place: Wanasaba, Indonesia  
Age: 45  
Business: Food Peddler  
Loan: 129 €


Sohrini never knows what her day will be like. […]

2021-03-15T10:44:30+01:0015. March 2020|

Journey to Lombok

Our founder Tobias was in Indonesia again. Here he tells you about his impressions:

“Lombok. These six letters do not only belong to one of the top 5 travel destinations in Indonesia, but have also […]

2021-03-15T10:44:24+01:003. March 2020|


Place: Lombok, Indonesia  
Age: 38  
Business: Production and Selling of Snacks  
Loan: 64 €


Two years […]

2021-03-15T10:44:41+01:0027. February 2020|


What is it like living on Lombok as an honorary? What difficulties arise on site? What is it like to interact with the local people both linguistically and culturally? These and more questions were […]

2021-03-15T10:44:53+01:0017. February 2020|


Place: Beririjarak, Indonesia  
Age: 37  
Business: Food production  
Loan: 67 €


Some organisations only lend micro loans to women to support them on their […]

2021-03-15T10:45:09+01:0015. February 2020|

MV 2020

On Saturday our annual general meeting took place again. In an exciting report our chairman Tobias guided the participants through the past year and reported about his inspiring experiences in the Philippines and Indonesia.

2021-03-14T22:14:56+01:0027. January 2020|

Anthony – Persönlich

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Anthony Agones and his path to our partner organization Project Life Subic. But who exactly is this person?

Anthony is 25 years old and currently lives in […]

2021-03-15T10:44:09+01:0021. January 2020|

Entrepreneur’s Lunch

Recently it was time once again: Our Entrepreneur’s Lunch in the Philippines took place!

In an informal setting, current micro-borrowers and interested parties can exchange ideas, listen to interesting lectures and gain exciting insights into […]

2021-03-15T10:55:42+01:0015. January 2020|

Neujahrsempfang in Hösbach

Special honor for organization: At this year’s New Year’s reception in Hösbach, our founder Tobias Schüßler had the opportunity to present the work of GMI! Tobias especially appreciated the great commitment of our volunteers, […]

2021-03-15T10:44:15+01:0013. January 2020|

The Importance of Sewing

Sewing – the grand art of repairing old clothes or even creating new ones. Talking about sewing makes me inevitably think of my grandmother. I would think of all the times my grandma patched […]

2021-03-15T10:53:55+01:009. January 2020|
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