Opportunity International has expanded economic opportunities for disadvantaged female entrepreneurs living in rural, violence-affected communities in Colombia. Through your support, we expanded financial inclusion for women, helped more children from impoverished families go to school, and expanded client trainings and financial services to increase their incomes and create more jobs. We achieved this through:
Expanding access to economic and educational opportunities has proven vitally important for low-income Colombian women entrepreneurs and their children. The positive impact of this project has rippled beyond entrepreneurs and school proprietors to build stronger communities across the country. Through your generosity, Opportunity has provided critical support, training, and economic opportunities to hardworking Colombian entrepreneurs and school proprietors.
During the first six months of 2018:
Linda, a baker who sold a few loaves of bread each day from a basket atop her head in the streets of Accra, Ghana, struggled to provide for her family. Despite the challenges, she persevered. That’s when she learned about Opportunity and invested a loan to expand her operation. Little by little, she baked more bread and reached more customers. Today, her business has grown into a thriving factory that produces thousands of loaves of bread daily, netting a steady income that allows her to not only care for her own family, but for many others as well, through the creation of sustainable jobs. Her business, her family, and their lives have been transformed—and her transformation has sparked change for so many in her community. All through a simple opportunity. An opportunity provided by supporters like you.
As of June of this year, Opportunity International was actively serving 10.6M families across 23 developing countries, like Linda in Ghana. Because of supporters like you, more than 300,000 people across Africa are building sustainable livelihoods through Opportunity loans while nearly 1.3 million families are working their way out of poverty through secure ways to save.
Thank you for supporting inspiring entrepreneurs like Linda!
Because of generous supporters like you, marginalized children have bright futures filled with ample opportunity and new hope! Your support of Opportunity’s EduFinance programs around the world will continue to drive inclusive quality education for years to come. Opportunity’s approach, which blends the sustainability of Education Finance with locally-driven Education Quality services, offers a permanent solution that can be replicated to give children access to a good education in almost any developing community around the world. With your support, Opportunity has:
Today, 85 Tanzanian schools have formed into 19 Education Quality clusters. Educators self-selected into small networks of socially-focused private schools where they shared best practices, collaborated on curriculum and built standards of excellence to improve outcomes for about 21,250 kids.
By supporting Opportunity's EduFinance programs, you are creating lasting impact for students in Tanzania, and around the world. Thank you!