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.
Aug 12, 2011

Increasing Access through Microfinance Innovations

Annie Nyangomba receives a biometric ID card.
Annie Nyangomba receives a biometric ID card.

Targeted to reach the most marginalized, Opportunity’s financial products help hardworking people overcome the inherent obstacles of poverty and build a more stable, secure and fulfilling life.

Throughout the developing world, people are excluded from access to financial services by barriers like meager, unsteady income; illiteracy; gender bias; expensive transportation and geographic isolation. To address these challenges, Opportunity carefully crafts savings, loan, training and insurance products in partnership with those in need. With the help of efficient delivery channels, we can bring these customized products virtually anywhere—whether our clients live in a remote farming village or run a business in a sprawling urban market.

To learn more about Opportunity's Innovations visit http://www.opportunity.org/blog/breaking-down-barriers-building-access-through-microfinance-innovations/.

Aug 10, 2011

Meet our Client- David Amos of Moshi, Tanzania

David Amos
David Amos

David Amos is the chairperson of the Five Unit Trust Group at Opportunity Tanzania’s Moshi Branch. David has a tailoring business in Moshi Town where he tailors both men’s and women’s fashion. His business is at the center of Moshi town and he has one employee who sews on the machine while David is responsible for cloth cuttings and sometimes machining.

As an Opportunity Tanzania member, he is in his second cycle and is requesting 750,000 to aide him in developing his business through renovating and purchasing new machines and adding some materials from wholesalers. Now, his customers can buy materials out of his office.

With the first loan he took from Opportunity Tanzania, he bought a new over-locking machine and clothing materials which help him to minimize the business operating costs. David appreciates the Opportunity Tanzania services, especially group organization and other services offered to increase his capability of taking and repaying the loan.
He hopes to hire three more employees and own his clothing shop for wholesale and retail. He dreams of owning a delivery van and a nice permanent and reputable house for his family, where his parents and kids will live comfortably.

To learn more about David visit http://www.opportunity.org/give/clients/1565.

Aug 10, 2011

Tanzania Reporter Meets Emilia P. Mtei

Client Emilia and Reported Kelly
Client Emilia and Reported Kelly

Emilia P. Mtei is part of the Trust Group called Chapakazi (translation: Hard-Working) based in Moshi, Tanzania. Her passion is working at her small grocery store where she sells fish, avocados and various other vegetables. Emilia looks over at her loan officer Levina and laughs aloud as we YAO members ask her questions about her loan success and business goals.

The women in this group are going into their second loan cycle, glowing with pride over their accomplishments. Levina translates for the women who say, “Women are good at finances and family.” I smile while snapping another shot of the gorgeous women sitting in front of me. Their happiness is contagious.

This post was written by Kelly Flanagan, a Multimedia Artist & Video Editor living in Phoenix, Arizona, who won last spring’s Tanzania Correspondent Contest as part of our Banking on Women campaign.

To read more about Kelly's trip to Tanzania be sure to check the Opportunity Blog at http://www.opportunity.org/blog/.

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