Opportunity International

Our mission is to provide opportunities for people in chronic poverty to transform their lives. Our strategy is to create jobs, stimulate small businesses and strengthen communities among the poor. Our method is to work through sustainable local microfinance institutions that provide small business loans, savings, insurance and training. Our commitment is motivated by Jesus Christ's call to serve the poor. Our core values are respect, commitment to the poor, integrity and stewardship.
Dec 27, 2013

Thank you for funding this project!

Mukamuhizi Alphosina is married with two children. Her husband is her partner in business. Their business is to sell different types of food in the markets. She sells food goods such as beans, corn, wheat etc., before borrowing a loan from Opportunity her business was not able to support her family in the way they needed. 

Due to the loan profit she has been able to build a house which her family lives in today. “I am able to buy nice cloth for my children and for myself without depending on my husband.” Moreover, she has been able to buy three goats in which she has decided to keep for animal farming. Her oldest child is in school and she is able to pay school fees on time.

She is a positive impact on more than just her family. Mukamuhizi says, "I have been able to advice other women in my community to join too so that they can improve their lives and families as well. So far five women that are my neighbors have joined Opportunity International due to my encouragement." 

Thank you for supporting women like Mukamuhizi Alphosina. This project is now fully funded because of you. We know that investing in women and families creates thriving economies and strong communities—building blocks for a peaceful future. Thats why 94% of our loan clients are women. We will be closing this project but will be rolling over all recurring gifts to a similar Opportunity International project on Global Giving called, Help bring Financial Stability to Uganda (7622). 

Oct 28, 2013

Opportunity's sustainable solution

Opportunity International is, now more than ever, dedicated to supporting entreprenuers in Africa escape poverty.We have strategically decided to close the project, Empower Mothers in Tanzania with Microloans, and roll it into another project of Opportunity International entitled, Providing Microloans for the Poor in Tanzania (4493). We no longer feel that it is necessary to separate our work in this geography into 2 projects and here is why. 

Our clients are really fledgling entrepreneurs who need basic access to one small loan of $150 to set them on a course that is life transforming.  Opportunity provides access to that loan and to savings, additional small business loans, insurance, and training.  With women clients especially, we know that investing in them has an accelerator effect – they will reinvest in their families and their communities to help build stronger futures for everyone. 

Opportunity International invests, one by one, in over five million clients around the world who dare to dream of lifting themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.  93% of our clients are women.  With a more than 40-year track record, we know that our sustainable, holistic solution just works.

An incredible 98% of our loans are repaid, and we firmly believe this is because of the services we provide our clients, mostly women and mothers, in addition to loans. We provide leadership training, financial coaching, and education on preventative health, communication skills and family management. We deliver a holistic approach to microfinance that helps our clients grow into true entrepreneurs and community leaders who will ultimately pay it forward.Our work gives people options, a new lifeline, at a time when it may seem there is no way out.

It is for this reason that we not longer feel it is necessary to have a project dedicated to women and mothers and a more general one in the same geography. 

Oct 14, 2013

Your impact on Concepcion and many others like her

Following years of growth in outreach, Opportunity lost some ground in the Philippines in 2012, due to the substantial impact of two typhoons on our clients and lending portfolio. With a healthy portfolio, and every reason to be hopeful about the future in Philippines, we anticipate renewed growth in 2013. With your support we can help more people like Manila businesswoman, Concepcion*, who makes 10 types of ceramics products in her small rented shop. With the help of several Opportunity loans, Concepcion purchased clay, paint and equipment such as a mixing machine and rented a larger shop. She now employs seven workers and produces an inventory of hundreds of products, including delicate bowls, colorful mugs and decorative statuary. She sells her work in boutiques and shopping malls, as well as exports it to the U.S., Australia and Germany. The increased revenue from her business as a result of her loans has allowed Concepcion, her husband, Jesus, and her three children, Christine Joy, Jesse and Charme, to live more comfortably. Christine Joy is currently enrolled in university studying psychology, while Charme will study business management once Christine graduates. Jesse stays at home to help support the family. A few years ago, Concepcion's husband was involved in an accident that left him disabled. The event strengthened the family's resolve to support each other. "Despite my husband's physical condition, we have a successful business," she said. "We pray God will guide us every day." Concepcion pays it forward by sharing her business knowledge with members of her church. She advises them on how to price items and manage a business. She says she is thankful for the blessings God provides her and looks forward to a brighter future. Opportunity International is privileged to work with exceptional clients like Concepcion, who use a small investment to transform their lives, families and communities.

 

*the identities of the beneficiaries have been changed for privacy

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