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.
Jan 6, 2016

Harvesting Hope for Nicaraguan Farmers

Liseth and her three children
Liseth and her three children

Four years ago, everything changed for struggling Nicaraguan farmer, Liseth. With very little knowledge about yucca and hibiscus farming and no access to capital, she was at a loss as to how to turn her farm into a profitable operation. In the meantime, her family suffered until a neighboring farmer introduced her to Opportunity. Armed with technical assistance, access to capital, seeds and markets, the sky is the limit for this mother of three growing kids. Today, both her yucca and hibiscus yields have increased by more than 30% as a result of the modern farming practices she is employing and the technical support she receives. Not only has her quantity grown but with a dramatically increased quality, her crops garner higher prices at market.

“I am delighted by the success I have achieved on my farm,” says Liseth, “but my greatest joy comes from using my increased income to invest in my children’s futures – their education, medicine and improvements to our home that have made it a safer, healthier environment. I have learned to continue to invest in my farm to ensure our future. I have most recently diversified my income to add pig, cattle and horse rearing. I had not thought about the impact I was achieving throughout the community until my Opportunity loan officer reminded me that the 30 jobs I have created for farmhands over the past four years helps the economy of the whole village. I am grateful for all I have accomplished. I feel empowered with a little help from Opportunity!”

Thanks to your support, Liseth and 1,307 of her fellow Nicaraguan farmers can provide for their families and harvest hope for their futures with technical assistance from Opportunity.

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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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