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.
Oct 7, 2015

Nicaragua October Update

Children participate in Young Life crafts
Children participate in Young Life crafts

Opportunity International is committed to creating community-wide transformation in Nicaragua by engaging students, parents, farmers, educators, and business-owners in programs within their communities. By standing side by side with clients to improve livelihoods and listen to their needs, we are helping to develop self-reliant and empowered communities. We work alongside members of more than 20 communities to address their self-identified development needs. The team is currently managing eight community projects including water, roof repairs and piggery loans to a group of women farmers. In each community, we are partnering with local organizations to deliver training related to women’s reproductive health, preventative health measures, personal hygiene, domestic violence and sexual exploitation prevention. By supporting this initiative you have helped Opportunity International empower more than 600 women through critical awareness programs.

Opportunity International also strives to provide young people with places where they can gather safely to learn and play. Young Life Club provides adolescents with ways to build meaningful relationships through events, club meetings, and camps that are fun and relevant to their culture. Teens can participate in ice-breaker games, soccer leagues, and outdoor excursions. In Granada this year, Opportunity took 40 youth to camp for the very first time and 30 for follow-up camps, even providing retreats and growth-camps for the children’s parents.

Thank you for supporting our sustainable and socially responsible community economic development model. By providing youth with safe, engaging environments where they can learn, grow, and play, you are helping us build vibrant communities.

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Oct 6, 2015

Banking on Africa October Update

Rorance at her fabric business.
Rorance at her fabric business.

Despite economic challenges experienced in 2014, Opportunity Rwanda increased its number of clients with savings accounts by 150% over the prior year. 175,421 clients now have access to savings with a total value of $13,580,481 in savings deposits. This growth marks a significant milestone for most entrepreneurs who have previously not had access to financial services and for Opportunity Rwanda which was named a top-running bank by the National Bank of Rwanda. Because of you, families are operating income-generating businesses and saving for the first time. Farmers are increasing production to put food on the family table, and improve food security in their communities, and parents are sending their children to school, including Rorance, the sole provider for eight children.

Rorance is elated about the transformation she has achieved for herself and for her family. Not long ago, she found herself abandoned and frightened for her seven children and one orphan entrusted in her care. Before joining an Opportunity Rwanda Trust Group, Rorance struggled to bring her fabric business to profitability. Today, she is able to feed her children two nutritious meals each day and send them all to school. With your help, their future is bright. 

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Oct 6, 2015

Uganda October Update

A teacher with students at Real Quality Jr School
A teacher with students at Real Quality Jr School

By investing in education, Opportunity Uganda is keeping children in school and promoting a brighter future. A growing school can permanently alter the socioeconomic reality of a community, creating an “upward spiral” of economic opportunities that provide families with the means to keep kids in school, forever changing the survival prospects of those families.

Real Quality Junior School  in Kampala, Uganda, started out small, but thanks to the hard work of founding couple, Lydia and Antoli, and your support, the school has grown from 50 to 1,200 students. Futures are brighter than ever for students at Real Quality Junior School where parents use Opportunity School Fee loans to keep kids in school when finances are tight. Opportunity Uganda redesigned School Fee loans to support households with uneven cash flows, which has helped farming families that are affected by seasonal cycles that can jeopardize school enrollment. Since 2013, Opportunity Uganda’s School Fee Loan portfolio has grown by 22% with 5,562 active loans as of February 28, 2015. The total value of the loan portfolio is $784,350, which will impact 17,273 students, the most of any Opportunity school fee loan program.

Real Quality Junior School’s impact ripples beyond the students with more than 90 staff jobs and countless more jobs created within the surrounding community. Teachers at Real Quality Junior School are empowered with the right tools to help students succeed—they are inspired to make a lasting difference. And this is just one of more than 1,000 schools you are helping us support globally. 

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