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Brief History

KAZAMA GRAMEEN was borne in 1991 under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Sean Connaughton. It is a project aimed to provide small loans, which helps to start small business and provide families with effective microcredit operations for the purpose of an income-generation and livelihood projects. It was first established in 1991 at Sta. Rita, Olongapo City and in 1992 established another branch in Candelaria, Zambales with the help of the parish through the Basic Ecclesiastical Community (BEC) known as Sambayanang Kristiyano.

Rev. Fr. Sean Connaughton, MSSC, used the Grameen Bangladesh Approach to be the way of giving capitals for the poor family in the Philippines started in Kalookan, Malate and other places of Metro Manila that made him inspired during his visit to Professor Muhammad Yunus (the noble man who founded the Grameen Bank way back in the year of 1989).

The system spread over the area National Capital Region and Zambales under the different cluster named: Lingap Pamayanan, in Kalookan, Landas Tungo sa Pag-unlad in Malate, and Gabay Tungo sa Pag-unlad is the name given to Grameen in Zambales.

In 1996, Fr. Connaughton was assigned at the San Antonio de Padua Parish, Matain, Subic, Zambales who served as the Vicar of the parish where he made three programs uniting the foundation as one, naming it in today’s KAZAMA Grameen, Inc.

The management decided to register the program in Security and Exchange Commission as KAZAMA Grameen, Inc. On May 7, 2001, KAZAMA GRAMEEN, INC (KGI) was registered at the Security and Exchange Commission under SEC Reg. No. A200106459 as a Non Government Organization (NGO), non-stock, non-profit organization with a mission to help the poor family by means of an effective system, principles and guidance in giving capital by following the modified Grameen Methodology.

At this time, the KAZAMA GRAMEEN INC. is committed to its mission and its true concern for the poor family. The program continues to grow in different region of the country and continuing serving the poor people through micro-financing program.


The Logo
The logo design comprises the sun, house and a group of women joining their hand inside the house. The symbols represent the following:
  • Sun – it symbolizes the brighter tomorrow that institution dreams for the clients.
  • House – it stands for families or household. The arrow shape of the house symbolizes the mission of the institution to uplift or alleviate families from poverty.
  • Women joining their hands – stands for solidarity among members. It symbolizes empowerment of women.
  • The Green Color of House – it symbolizes hope for every household.
  • The Yellow Color of Sun – it symbolizes freedom for every client to free them from poverty.

Thus, the company logo symbolizes the dream of the institution hoping every family to be empowered and to free them from poverty by means of poverty alleviation program and empowerment of women towards a brighter tomorrow.


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