Apr 11, 2011

Spiritual Journeys with Opportunity in Kenya

This is the story of one outstanding couples' commitment to Opportunity. After attending a conference in 2008, the Moller family developed an increasing passion for Opportunity. “That event affirmed what we thought about Opportunity and had a lot of impact on my spiritual journey. As we saw how Opportunity could interface with the mission work we do in Western Kenya, our passion just grew." On an Insight Trip to Kenya, Tom and Jill visited a client who operates a small produce stand. “Despite our protests, she insisted on giving us a bunch of bananas,” Jill recalls. “She told us, ‘This is my gift. Bless you.’” 

Jill says that going to Africa and helping through Opportunity significantly changed her and Tom’s worldview, and showed them that individuals can make a difference. “The Lord led us to Opportunity,” says Jill. “We had never had a heart for the poor before. Once you do, Opportunity gives you a vehicle to express your compassion.” In addition to their annual gifts, the Mollers support Opportunity by hosting international visitors and attending Opportunity conferences. This family demonstrates the numerous ways to get involved with Opportunity International, both physically and spiritually. 
To learn more ways that you can get involved with Opportunity, go to: http://www.opportunity.org/be-involved/
Apr 11, 2011

Gaining Insight: Jemmalyn's Story

This year, Opportunity International will be taking over 12 Insight Trips to countries around the world. Coming up soon, is a trip to the Philippines. On May 27, this many people will depart for Antipolo City, where they will get to see Opportunity's main branch, and visit local staff and leadership. Then, visitors will get to meet Opportunity's clients and see them at work, using the microloans they received from Opportunity International. see first hand the work of Opportunity and how it is effecting clients like Jemmalyn Alcantara. 

When her father died of a heart attack, Jemmalyn’s family was forced to move to the squatter community surrounding Payatas, Manila’s municipal dump. The 10,000 families living there subsist by combing through tons of garbage to glean scraps of reusable plastic, metal and wood. They live in shanties constructed of these scraps and sell what they can to earn a meager income. As an alternative to digging through garbage, Jemmalyn learned basketweaving and used money left over from her father’s burial to start a business. As an Opportunity International loan client, she and her mother weave about 10 baskets a day, which they sell for up to $1.25 each. Jemmalyn is eager to move to a safer community. She hopes to earn enough money to send her three siblings to college and dreams of opening a sari-sari, a small convenience store. With Opportunity loans helping her expand her.
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Apr 7, 2011

Colony in India is Capitalizing on Opportunity

Member of Opportunity's Womens Opportunity Network, Julie Hindmarsh, recently visited a leprosy colony in India. Having strong ties to their families, the women Julie visited have all opted to stay in this colony and start their own businesses, many making candles. These women comprise a Trust Group called Sigaram (translated, "Mountain Peak") and joined with Opportunity to work on building self-confidence in a male-dominated society. Before receiving loans from Opportunity International, they had to ask their husbands for money, and were often turned down. Because of the Trust Group they are all now a part of, they are members of a goal-driven group of women seeking to increase their quality of life for themselves and future generations. 

To find out more about this Trust Group and their work, visit: 


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