An met such an example of unpredictability on our return home . A giant tree that had fallen down across the only main road between Aileu and Dili. The emergency response team, the ‘Bombeiros’ as they are known were quickly on the scene but the single chain-saw they had couldn’t handle the multiple 1m think tree branch’s it was presented with. They were forced back to the ever-present, ever-ready, timeless machete with which to cut through this ancient tree.
- Avoid over-indebtness
- Ensure pricing is transparent and responsible
- Collect loan repayments appropriately
- Behave ethically
- follow mechanisms for complaint resolution
- protect privacy
- Who is eligible for loans to purchase solar lighting products and who is eligible for loans to be Sales Agents or Distributors.
- What the responsibilities of the Sales Agent, the District Distributor and Importer are
- What the responsibilities of Moris Rasik staff are
- The loan application and distribution process for Consumers and Sales Agents.
A PDF version of the Information memo is attached here.
While i’m here in TL I’m supposed to be developing a distribution and sales network for renewable energy technology (RET). An example what I wish I could develop is contained in this article.
The reality is that these programs are waaaaaaaay more advanced and sophisticated than what I could even wish to develop here in TL.
Its kinda sad actually. Guess it certainly ain’t going to happen if I blog instead of doing work.
The terms of reference for my 3 months in Timor Leste are exciting! My role will basically be to act as a facilitator and co-ordinator for Good Returns/World Education Australia Limited between Moris Rasik, a Timor Leste based Micro-Finance Institute (MFI) and Mercy Corp, an aid organisation.
Mercy Corp has some cash from the EU that it wants to use to establish a renewable energy technology program in Timor Leste. Moris Rasik has the micro finance clients and micro finance infrastructure and social networks needed for the renewable energy technology to reach the local people. Good Returns has the knowledge capability to deliver the program and the education backing of WEAL to assist in promoting and training local service providers so that the program is a success. Good Returns also has a renewable energy technology porogram agenda, and currently work with Moris Rasik in delivering donations from the Australian public to Moris Rasiks micro finance clients, hence the need for someone (me!), to facilitate the whole thing. Who ever said aid organisations rarely work well together?
However, before I get stuck into any aid work, I still need to finish my kitchen. After a crazy couple of weeks I realised that I was imposing all the stress myself, Russell and Lassie were experience on all of us. I had the ability to post-pone my flights, bring the stress levels down and get back to enjoying the kitchen renovations. So that is what I did, thanks in part to some good guidance from mum and dad who provided the support I needed and helped me realised that I wouldn’t be failing if i left later, I would only be failing if I didn’t enjoy what I set out to enjoy doing. So, my new departure date is now Thursday April 28th. It will still be a tough ask, but it will mean I can leave the apartment polished and should be able to see the final finished product. Pictures soon.
I decided late last year that it was time to take another long journey. I’m happy to say that I’ll be heading off on Sat 16th April to ride my motorbike from Timor Leste to London.
The journey actually starts in Singapore, I head by Ferry through Indonesia to Timor Leste where I will spend 3 months volunteering for micro finance organisation Moris Rasik.
Once my tasks are completed I will journey back to Singapore and head towards India via China. After India the plans become much less detailed, but I intend to head through Pakistan into China via the Karakoum Pass, avoiding Afganistan by travelling North and then tracking back to the West through Kazakstan onto Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary, Poland and on to the UK via Germany.
It should be a fantastic trip, but first I need to complete my kitchen renovations!