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The Dignity of Microfinance

by Dan Murray, CEO and President

 In the 21st century, I believe the mission of the United Nations will be defined by a new, more profound awareness of the sanctity and dignity of every human life, regardless of race or religion. - Kofi Anan This is my fifth and final entry in this Listening and Learning series as the new CEO of Opportunity International Canada. I’ll always commit to listen and learn, but after 6 months in the role I can’t get away with “new” anymore. The idea that has most captivated me about microfinance…

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Circle of Opportunity Book Launch

by Opportunity International

More than 20 years ago, in the midst of a heartbreaking tragedy, David Stiller started on a path of healing that would not only transform his own life but lead him to transforming thousands of lives as well. On April 27, friends and family gathered as this story was revealed for the first time in print with the launch of a Circle of Opportunity. This book chronicles David’s inspirational journey that has touched so many lives. At the launch, we heard from former Opportunity International Canada…

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14 Books On Our List This Summer

by Opportunity International

We have a team of avid readers with varying interests and passions. As the weather warms up, we are enjoying more time in the sun with some good books this summer. Take a look at the top picks from the Opportunity Canada team to inspire your own reading list.  We also have a book club suggestions list, including favorites of the entire team, with additional discusson questions.  Dan Murray's Pick \"Lost City of the Monkey God\" by Douglas Preston Check It Out Doris Olafsen's Pick \"The Next Right…

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A Donor's Story: Meet Noreen

by Opportunity International

The story of Opportunity International is incorporated in our logo where three distinct colours are curled together into a circle, a cycle of Opportunity. Each colour contributes equally to form this circle, thus keeping the cycle in motion. At the right end of the circle is teal, representing clients of Opportunity. Arched across the top is orange, representing Opportunity’s generous donors. Connecting orange and teal is pink, representing Opportunity as an organization. The three parts of the…

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Opportunity's Vision at Work in Honduras

by Dan Murray, CEO and President

This is the fourth installment in my “listening and learning journey” as the new CEO of Opportunity International Canada.  My focus this month is on what I learned in Honduras, where I traveled in March to spend time with our local partner, and where I also had the honour of meeting several microfinance clients to see the impact of our work in that beautiful country. Everywhere Opportunity serves, we do so in partnership with a local microfinance institution and/or NGO. This ensures that the…

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Ghana: Financial Inclusion for Women

by Opportunity International

On International Women’s Day, Opportunity International Canada launched EmpowerHER, a campaign bringing attention to our many projects that target our female clients. The need for projects that target women is great as women are often disproportionately affected by poverty and have the most pressing financial needs. Opportunity Canada’s Financial Inclusion for Enterprise Development (FINEDEV) is one of these projects helping women to unlock their potential in Ghana.  In partnership with Sinapi…

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Empower HER and Accenture: Accelerating Equality

by Opportunity International

Note: Opportunity Canada’s Vice President of Philanthropy, Doris Olafsen, was invited to speak at Accenture in Vancouver to launch their new internal employee giving initiative in support of Opportunity’s Empower HER campaign.  At Accenture, their goal is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels like they belong and experiences equal opportunities.  Accenture is committed to accelerating equality for all. Accenture strives to model this equality to their 459,000 employees that…

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Empowering Women and Girls

by Dan Murray, CEO and President

This is the third entry in my efforts to journal my experience as I climb the learning curve in my new role as CEO of Opportunity International Canada – a journey of listening and learning.  It goes almost without saying that we must never lose sight of our clients – the people we hope to see freed from a life of grinding and soul-killing poverty. I have met a few clients in the field and have read the stories of many more, and am struck by the realization our work is about far more than a job.…

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Four Incredible Women

by Dan Murray, CEO & President

In this article I continue to share my observations and discoveries during my first few months as CEO of Opportunity International Canada.  At its core, we say the mission of Opportunity International Canada is to empower those living in poverty.  This is much more than the simple receipt of a loan for a business.  It is a journey of freedom where marginalized people begin to lift their heads in dignity and participate in society and the local economy. This is a profound mission. But does it really…

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What I've Learned In The First 3 Months

by Dan Murray, CEO & President

Henri Nouwen wrote: “I discovered God’s preferential concern for the poor…I discovered for the first time that those who are marginalized by our society carry within them a great treasure.” (Discernment, Ch. 7)  Since joining the amazing team at Opportunity International Canada I have been on a very steep learning curve, with amazing new discoveries at every turn.  I wrestle with the tension between wanting to make an immediate contribution and the need to pace myself for long term impact,…

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