Odita and her husband
Odita (pictured above) and her family fled D.R. Congo when violence took the lives of 12 relatives. Starting over in Uganda with nothing was frightening. Odita shared, "We worked hard to support the children, but we failed. Today, thanks to Opportunity, we have a farm where we grow my favorite crop - tomatoes." With enough income to send their four kids to school, Odita proudly exclaimed, "We are respected in our community because of what we have achieved!"
Your support helps families like Odita's receive the tools and training they need to escape poverty. Our targeted approach combines financial services, life values training, women's empowerment, farmer support, and education initiatives for children that address the key barriers African families face as they work their way out of poverty for good. During 2018:
- 300,000 clients across sub-Saharan Africa were investing microbusiness loans to increase incomes and build sustainable livelihoods. More than 1.3 million African families maintained their progress out of poverty by safely saving their hard-earned income.
- 65,000 farmers were empowered with tailored AgFinance loans, training, and market support to grow their small farms and produce abundant harvests.
- 430,000 African children and youth were benefitting from more access to higher-quality education, thanks to 12,000 new School Fee loans and 1,500 School Improvement loans.
Harvesting hope for the future
With your help, 65,000 farmer families across sub Saharan Africa are increasing their farm productivity, financial stability, and they are growing more food for their families and communities. They achieved this by using loans for seeds, fertilizer, and crop transport. We linked them with processors, buyers, and markets and provided them with training in financial and digital literacy and modern farming practices. 2018 AgFinance program outcomes included:
- 37,000 loans made to farmers, of which 53% were made to women, with a combined value of $15 million.
- 17,000 digitally profiled farmers provided the data we use to design-focused services that align with their expressed needs.
- Nearly 2,500 Opportunity Mozambique farmers lost their homes and farms during Cyclone ldai and 600 Malawian partner farmers experienced massive crop loss due to a subsequent major hailstorm. We will stand alongside them as they recover and rebuild.
Education redefined for Africa's next generation
EduFinance fosters inclusive learning environments and opportunities for increased access to education by offering sustainable, scalable services. A few recent key learnings shaping the program and demonstrating its positive benefits for African communities, schools, families, and students include:
- Teachers increased classroom innovations. Teachers in Uganda have increased their ability to innovate more because they have gained confidence and new ideas through our EduQuality program training.
- Students improved learning outcomes. Over three years, girls who attend Opportunity Uganda partner-funded schools improved literacy by 64% and numeracy by 32%.
- Women clients supported their children's education. Women clients across five countries shared that they were actively supporting their children's education and happy in their success.
- Schools created and sustained jobs in their communities. An estimated 185 new full- and part-time jobs were created by 75 Opportunity-financed Ugandan schools over three years.
By supporting Opportunity, you help us design, deliver, and scale innovative solutions to sustainably transform families and communities. Thank you!