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You can take action to empower women across the world. Join us in supporting projects that encourage gender equality and inclusion for women in Ghana, the Dominican Republic, India, and other countries around the world.

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Waldina Reyes Carrauza, a hairdresser and restaurant owner in Honduras, is a single mom raising 3 sons. She used to work in a salon far from home in a dangerous neighbourhood.

We serve hardworking, inspiring entrepreneurs in 20 countries around the world.

These are women and men with ambitious dreams for their futures who simply need an opportunity to thrive. We provide these entrepreneurs with access to loans, savings, insurance and training - tools that empower them to work their way out of poverty. This is a hand up, not a handout.

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97%
of loan clients are women
10.7 MILLION
clients working their way out of poverty today
96.4%
loan repayment rate
Waldina opened her own business in her home. First starting with a restaurant and then with the help of Opportunity International, opening a beauty salon.

With your help, we invest in a woman every 7 seconds.

When she can build her business, she not only lifts herself out of poverty, she also educates her children, creates jobs for her neighbors and transforms her community. And her work doesn't stop there - what she does today will have an impact for generations to come.

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Opportunity has been a big help and support for micro-entrepreneurs like me.

Waldina Reyes Carrauza, a hairdresser and restaurant owner in Honduras.
Waldina (right) is chasing her own dreams and building a business she loves. She already employs three people in the restaurant and recently invited a friend to help her with the salon.

We believe that together, we can end extreme poverty.

As a community of supporters, clients and staff, we're making huge strides to end global poverty. But we can't get there without you. Invest in Opportunity today, and you'll empower an entrepreneur to change her life, family and community. With your support, we will reach millions more people - and they will change the world.

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Think about the person who gave you your first opportunity. The person who first believed in you and made your dreams possible. When you donate to Opportunity International, you give this kind of opportunity to a woman so she can work her way out of poverty. She uses her loan to grow her business, provide for her family and hire her neighbors. You make her opportunity possible.

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