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Microfinance and Ultra Poverty

by Dan Murray, CEO, Opportunity International Canada

The woman was quite malnourished, and when the team returned, they learned to their shock and sadness that she had passed away in the few short days since they last saw her. The team came across another family that was clearly malnourished, and they were able to provide some food during the assessment period to sustain them until the program launched. The team was in this Haitian community to identify potential participants in a program called Chemen Lavi Miyo, which is creole for Pathway To A Better…

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An Opportunity In Art

by Kim Buller, Director of Philanthropy, Alberta

The changes over the last few months have found us pivot different events and plans we had made for 2020. Given the lack of opportunity to gather in person, we decided to try something new and created a virtual Opportunity in Art. During the month of April, we ran 4 art classes that saw over 65 participants paint one of two paintings: Latin Vibes and Llama Be Your Friend.  Because we ran our classes virtually, we could have people join us from across the country – and they did! Our participants…

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Introducing Ute Rehill, A New Addition To The Team!

by Doris Olafsen, VP of Philanthropy

After a long season of vacancy, it is my pleasure to introduce Ute Rehill, the newest addition to Opportunity International Canada who is joining our team as the Director of Philanthropy for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Ute joins the team after being a donor for over 15 years, and a very engaged volunteer since the end of 2019. It is truly a gift to welcome a new member of the team who embodies the vision and values that Opportunity holds dear. Ute retired from Scotiabank in 2018 after a very successful…

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Win Win Gift Ideas Through Wonderkind

by Opportunity International Canada

We are delighted to announce a new corporate partner This partnership is such a celebration of entrepreneurship! Now, whenever anyone purchases a Wonderkind gift set – for Mother's Day, to encourage a Front Line worker or 'just because' – they will not only be supporting Canadian female-driven companies and creators, they can choose to support Opportunity's clients who are working their way out of poverty. Wonderkind is a gifting service that curates one-of-a-kind gift sets. Each piece (ordered…

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We're all in this together

by Dan Murray

Amidst the numbers, worrying news, and uncertainty for the future, the sense that we are all connected in this experience bring us together at this time. Many of us involved with Opportunity International Canada — donors and staff — have had the amazing experience of visiting our clients. This usually takes the form of an Insight Trip where, under the care and guidance of our local Implementing Partner, ten or so of us meet with a number of clients over the course of a week. And without exception,…

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Understanding What Is At Stake For Schools During COVID-19

by Opportunity EduFinance

It started with just a handful of school closures in countries where we operate. Within 48 hours, we were faced with nationwide school closures in all eight countries due to COVID-19 prevention and containment measures. UNESCO consolidated information on COVID-19's global impact on education, with statistics that were hard to fathom. 165 countries with nationwide school closures affecting more than 1.5 billion learners 87% of the global learner population enrolled at the start of March is suddenly…

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Opportunity Perseveres

by Dan Murray, CEO, Opportunity International Canada

\"The poor inspire us to overcome difficulty and not give up.\" Mark Lutz, UnPoverty   What a week we’ve been through and it’s only the beginning! I have been so inspired by “caremongers” delivering food to seniors, hardware stores donating masks to hospitals, distillers making hand sanitizer, and musicians singing from their balconies. It has reminded me of Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities, opening, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...”   On Sunday, our multi-site…

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Update On Opportunity International’s COVID-19 Response

by Dan Murray

I expect that like me, your inbox has been flooded with COVID-19 emails, and I have been very hesitant to add yet one more. However, you support Opportunity International because you believe in our clients, and we wanted to let you know how our Implementing Partners and clients are faring during this crisis. Each country and government is handling the situation a little differently. We are hearing that many of the developing country governments and our Partners have put in place proactive and stringent…

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Opportunity Honours Women

by Opportunity International

On March 8, 2020, we celebrate International Women's Day! Every year we recognize our female clients and their important role within their local communities. Women account for 97% of our loan clients as entrepreneurs, small to medium business owners, members of financial literacy and skill training programs, and trained health leaders in their communities. As we recognize the women that we serve, we also wanted to take the time to recognize some special women that have influenced our lives. Some…

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St. Paul's Bloor Street's Amazing Christmas Contribution

by Alison Chapman, Director of Philanthropy, Opportunity International Canada

Each year, at St. Paul’s Bloor Street (Anglican Church in Toronto) the congregation raises money during Advent, above and beyond their regular giving, for an international cause. This past December, St. Paul’s dedicated the gifts from their ‘Advent Ask’ to Opportunity International and our program in Ghana. In Ghana, like in many other countries around the world, gender inequality, especially in the labour force impacts a woman’s access to employment and her potential earnings. Women are…

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