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.
Mar 31, 2016

Banking on Africa Spring Report

Marie Rose on her farm in Rwanda.
Marie Rose on her farm in Rwanda.

When small scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa access quality extension services, farming loans, savings accounts and other tools to manage cash flow between harvests, they significantly increase their productivity. These benefits lead to measurable economic and social impact throughout Africa.

Since the launch of our Agriculture Finance Initiative in 2009, Opportunity delivered more than 350,000 farming loans valued at $67 million and 400,000 savings accounts to small scale farmers. Each loan is packaged with targeted financial products, training in modern farming practices and links to extension services to ensure high-impact results. Contributing to this strong growth, Opportunity Rwanda tripled the number of loans made to farmers in 2015 to 35,498. Marie Rose is one of those farmers.

Marie Rose owned a farm that failed to produce a bountiful maize crop. When her husband died suddenly, she could no longer afford the diabetes medication that was so critical to her continued good health. She quickly fell into a very dark and frightening place. “I was widowed and beyond poor,” Marie Rose said. “My husband left his farm to me, yet I was not educated in the modern farming ways. I was lost and alone. Then, I found Opportunity.” Grieving and in need of sound advice, she found the answers she sought when a friend invited her to join an Opportunity Rwanda Trust Group.

First, she rented out extra rooms in her home to trustworthy neighbors to generate immediate income. Next, she invested Opportunity loans to purchase high quality inputs, improving her production. In no time, she was not only growing enough maize to store for her family, but she had plenty to sell at market. The increased income has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on her ability to manage her illness, support her family and even take on the care of several local orphans. 

Transforming her maize farm from mediocre to amazing in just two seasons has drawn plenty of attention from neighboring farmers. Filled with new confidence, she is certain to reach her goals to create jobs for local laborers and install a toilet and electricity in her home. With your help, Opportunity will decisively scale its agriculture services to millions of farmers like Marie Rose in the coming years.

Links:

Mar 30, 2016

Uganda Spring Report

Joyce at the Batanda Junior School.
Joyce at the Batanda Junior School.

Opportunity believes that knowledge is power, especially knowledge in the hands of dedicated school proprietors and passionate students. Your support has been crucial to the progress we have made to deliver financial and educational access to underbanked families in Uganda. As of August 2015, Opportunity Uganda was supporting 158 low-cost private schools through School Improvement loans to help add classrooms, toilet facilities, transportation, etc. This represents a growth of 26% over the prior year and is currently impacting 39,500 kids. Opportunity Uganda also provided School Fee loans to 5,135 parents to help about 15,947 children attend school, many of which are orphans.

Joyce, a school proprietor and single mother of six from Uganda, believes that every child deserves to dream big. Her own struggle to ensure her children’s education led her to open an affordable, high-quality school in her community - a safe place that offers the perfect environment for learning and for enjoying lots of love and encouragement. Joyce invested Opportunity Uganda School Improvement loans to expand Batanda Junior School, hire dedicated teachers and construct a residence hall on campus which keeps staff safe and close by to support the kids.  

Today, Batanda Junior School provides students with two nutritious meals daily in addition to an excellent education. Joyce is so confident in the transforming work of her school and her partnership with Opportunity that she is eagerly making plans to double her community impact by opening a second school. She is currently educating 15 orphans and investing in the future of all children, as well as her entire community. 

Links:

Mar 30, 2016

Nicaragua Spring Report

Emprendedora Technical School Students
Emprendedora Technical School Students

Opportunity is redefining education in the developing world through our work with the Emprendedora Technical School in Nicaragua. All 180 Emprendedora Technical School students are thriving and testing above the national average, and this success is attributed to excellent school leadership and dedicated teachers. New classrooms have been added and kids are benefitting from world-class curriculum, nutritious meals and access to clean water from a new well. Emprendedora Technical School also broke ground to construct two more classrooms to reach its full enrollment of 300 students in 2016-2017. Most importantly, the students are gaining experiential skills from a student-run hatchery, vegetable farm and butterfly farm that are preparing them for employment upon graduation. These student-run agriculture programs now offset 50% of the school expenses, achieving good progress toward self-sufficiency.

Opportunity Nicaragua, the Emprendedora Technical School and private investors are also collaborating on an eco-hotel that will create community jobs, provide hands-on hospitality training for Emprendedora students and protect the local environment. Income from the hotel will contribute to the school beginning in Spring 2016, and Emprendedora students who are involved in the Tourism program have toured the site to gain an understanding of what is involved in opening a hotel. These unique educational and experiential programs combined with your support will prepare these students for a brighter future while creating sustainable job opportunities in their community.

Links:

 
   

donate now:

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $25
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $75
    give
  • $150
    give
  • $335
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $25
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $75
    each month
    give
  • $150
    each month
    give
  • $335
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of Opportunity International

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about Opportunity International on GreatNonProfits.org.
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.