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February 2017 Newsletter

by Opportunity International Canada

Welcome to our first in a new series of newsletters.  Through this series, we want to share with you the inspiring stories of our clients and donors as well as information about upcoming events that might interest you.  March 8th is International Women's Day which makes this a great time to be sending our first newsletter. Worldwide, 70% of those living on less than $2 a day are women and girls, according to UN Women.  The greatest challenge they face is not lack of knowledge or motivation, but…

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Edmonton All-Stars

by Ed Temple

ABOVE: Craig Kalvin catching up with Gerald Orozco (CEO of ASPIRE and our guest speaker) I recently had the opportunity to get to know Craig and Chelsea Kalvin. They were our key partners to make an Edmonton luncheon successful in early November. Craig found our amazing venue (Art Gallery of Alberta) for the luncheon and he put in a tremendous amount of work to help make this event a huge success. In case you had not heard we had over 60 people attend (photos found here) and raised almost $10,000.…

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The Gifts that keep on giving

by Ed Temple

ABOVE: Noreen Ward of the Gift Designers with some giveaways at the “More than a Loan” Calgary luncheon on Nov 3, 2016. Who are you? Noreen Ward owns and runs The Gift Designers, a company that creates custom gifts for any and all occasions. What’s your Why? Noreen’s business revolves around the values of generosity and giving. These values are important not just in the service they provide, but they are values that she wanted to drive the ‘why?’ of her business from the beginning. I…

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A picture is worth a 1000 words!

by Ed Temple

ABOVE: Photos provided by Ken Born for “More than a Loan” Calgary luncheon on Nov 3, 2016 and “Appetizers with our CEO” on Nov 2, 2016. Who are you? Ken Born works as a graphic design specialist with XP4U, a consulting company that allows churches and organizations to leverage the expertise of those on the XP4U team. Ken also has and continues to have a successful career as a graphic designer in the oil and gas sector. Besides his main skill as a graphic designer, Ken is also an avid photographic,…

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Alberta Strong: The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and given back!

by Ed Temple

ABOVE:  Brad Carter receiving “Above and Beyond” leadership award for his support of Opportunity at our “Appetizers with our CEO” on Nov 2, 2016 and our B2B Roundtable on Sept 23, 2016. I have had the opportunity to sit down with a few of our Opportunity International’s SME (small/medium enterprise) corporate partners to talk about their “why” of partnership with Opportunity. It is through their businesses they have partnered with Opportunity to support us in our life-changing work…

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Luncheon results: Thank you Calgary and Edmonton

by Ed Temple

The results are in, and our Alberta friends have stepped up in a big way! Through your support, in Calgary we raised over $75K and in Edmonton over $8k to empower the entrepreneurial poor. These funds were matched by our Board of Directors and Special Friends to make $165k!!! Thank you for your generous support! Your generous contribution has helped clients like Celida Montilla (see picture) in the Dominican Republic. Through a loan, Celida has been able to grow her business to support herself, her…

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2016 Fall Update

by Dale Patterson, President and CEO

Coming to you from the busyness of our annual Fall events, please let me share with you the exciting activities that have been taking place! Usually, we’d have our Annual Report to you by this date, but this year we shifted our fiscal year to a calendar year and our year-end report will be published early in 2017. So this is an update covering the integrative value chain of You. Us. Them. YOU… By giving to Opportunity, you empower entrepreneurs around the world to work their way out of poverty.…

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New Board Members Appointed

by Robert J. Lawless, Chair, Board of Directors

At Opportunity International Canada we are continuing to sharpen our focus, with a vision that ensures everything we do in Canada will improve the quality of life for our clients and those that are yet to be our clients. To that end, we welcome the addition of two outstanding new board members and one returning member.  Their global experience and expertise in strategic business management, entrepreneurialism, and public-private partnerships will definitely strengthen Opportunity’s ability to…

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NOT SO SMALL CHANGE: MEETING OPPORTUNITY CLIENTS IN COLOMBIA

by Allison Kooser

I sat in the window seat watching the landscape change from paved roads to dirt and brick homes to lean-tos as the bus wove its way up the mountains of southern Bogota. Next to me sat Yaneth, a former guerrilla rebel who now serves as the group lending manager in one of Opportunity’s branch offices. At the top of the mountain, the wind swept our hair and chilled our bones. We tiptoed over discarded garbage that littered the potholed road and made our way to Nubia’s home, then Maria’s. We saw…

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School Loans, Job Creation, and the Advancement of Low-Income Communities

by Opportunity International Canada

The following post was originally posted on Edufinance.org and can be found here. In a new third-party analysis of 94 Ugandan schools accessing Opportunity EduFinance loans, the resulting school growth created an average of 18.6 additional jobs within the community. How Schools Expand When a school builds new classrooms, dormitories and other infrastructure, the school requires more staff to manage these facilities including teachers, dorm monitors, security guards, and cooks among others. When a…

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