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Creating Hope

by Dale Patterson

New beginnings with old friends – in many ways that is what it has felt like, as I travelled to Nicaragua in mid-May. My wife Joan and I had a remarkable opportunity to represent our donors and Canadian staff in Managua, as we celebrated with our long-time partner, ASODENIC marking their 20th anniversary. Our hearts were deeply encouraged that the leadership from Honduras and the Dominican Republic traveled to be with their counterparts in Nicaragua.This is what we have loved about Opportunity…

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The Case for Private Education

by Opportunity International

The following is a note from Nathan Bryd, Head of Educational Finance at Opportunity International: As we expand and scale-up our Education Finance work in Kenya in 2014, the below article from this week in The Economist is especially pertinent. It lays out, very clearly, the benefits of supporting the expansion of private education options for the poor in Kenya (and sub-Saharan Africa, for that matter). Simply put, there is no such thing as a free education in Africa, and although all private schools…

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Opportunity for All

by Opportunity International

Two hours outside of Accra, a little town named Ada is bustling on a Friday morning. Ada is built around the main road that connects Ghana, to Togo, Benin, and Nigeria – and Friday is Market Day! People from as far as Nigeria have come to do commerce in Ada. In the midst of the morning congestion, the beautiful red baskets of tomatoes, and horn-honking, you will find Helen’s shop – a clean, orderly, and well-stocked ‘provisions’ store. When Helen set up shop six years ago, it literally…

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Meet Client Monica: Clothed with Strength and Dignity

by Diane Ferguson from Opportunity International US

When I’m having a rough week, I take a quick break to remember Opportunity‘s clients, like Monica Koranteng, who is most definitely a Proverbs 31 woman. Meet Monica: she watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Before being introduced to Opportunity Ghana, Monica worked as a \"hawker,” selling her wares on the streets of Madina. Most days she wasn’t sure if she could sell enough to eat. Finding it nearly impossible to continue in her situation without…

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New Products in Colombia

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International is transforming the lives of more than 25,000 entrepreneurs in eight cities across Colombia with innovative financial products, services and financial literacy training. As an ongoing innovator there are 2 new programs being implemented to serve our clients. Savings Awareness Training for Clients Not everyone can qualify for a loan, but there is still need to gain financial training and maybe get to the place they can get a loan.  In order to meet this need, Opportunity…

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Three new members join Opportunity International Canada’s Board of Directors

by Opportunity International

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 these three outstanding new board members.  Their global experience and expertise in strategic business management, entrepreneurism, and public-private partnerships will definitely strengthen Opportunity’s ability to take innovation to scale…

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6 Pressing Challenges Facing Women and Girls - and How We're Helping

by Opportunity International

Women represent an estimated 70% of those living on less than $2/day. Cultural and legal inequalities in developing countries create obstacles that prevent women from starting and financing new businesses. This leaves them more vulnerable to poverty, forced labour and violence.   Here is a list of 6 challenges that Opportunity is helping women and girls overcome. 1. Financial Exclusion. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of women worldwide have a bank account compared to 46% of men. Additionally, more…

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Empowering Farmers to Face Climate Change

by Opportunity International

You may already know that Opportunity International’s agricultural finance initiative helps smallholder farmers in Africa enhance their agricultural yields, household incomes and living standards. What you may not know, however, is that the program also protects both our agricultural clients and financial institutions against some of the key risks associated with global climate change, including catastrophic farm losses. Opportunity International is addressing climate change in a variety of ways,…

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Robertson Bright Inc. Engage with Day of Opportunity

by Opportunity International

As newcomers to the world of Opportunity, the Robertson Bright Inc. staff quickly caught the Day of Opportunity vision, formed a committee and set a goal.  The employee response was excellent and they exceeded their goal raising $2,395 during their month long campaign. Robertson Bright Inc. had committed to a 2 to 1 match for a total contribution of $7,185! An achievement well worth celebrating!    In a brief statement following the 2014 Day of Opportunity Campaign, Robertson Bright’s Charity…

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The “Day of Opportunity” raises $308,280 across Canada!

by Opportunity International

The whole idea of choosing a \"day”, a \"week” or a \"month” was birthed by a Calgarian, an entrepreneur who challenged Opportunity International to think about engaging Canadians in a very practical way – give people something that they could wrap their arms around, personalize and make their own. And that is just what happened.On October 17, Canadians across the country took part in the Day of Opportunity in many unique ways. In Calgary where this all started,  gifts were matched resulting…

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