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Opportunity International helps 10.7 million clients in 22 developing countries.

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Despite sustained high economic growth rates, China remains home to 180 million people living below the poverty line. Income disparities are widening between urban and rural areas and among provinces.

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Opportunity International's very first loan was made in Colombia in 1975. Since then, we've been working to provide stable financial systems as a way to reduce unemployment, social unrest and violence in the country.

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D.R. Congo

Only 1 percent of the DRC's citizens have access to basic financial services. Fortunately, recent economic liberalization has opened up opportunities that will allow sustainable economic growth to gain a foothold.

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Dominican Republic

High levels of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty pose long-term challenges to the Dominican Republic. In addition to providing microloans to local entrepreneurs, Opportunity International is providing loans to schools as part of the education finance initiative.

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With an average income of $2 per day, many Ghanaians struggle against the debilitating effects of chronic poverty and hunger. Opportunity Ghana's operations began in 1994 as the Sinapi Aba Trust (SAT).

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With sixty percent of the population living below the poverty line, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America. The nation also suffers from unequal distribution of income and high underemployment.


In 1989, Opportunity International began operations in India, home to the largest global concentration of impoverished people. Opportunity today serves more than 1.4 million clients throughout the country, and disburses 98 percent of its loans to women.

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Opportunity has 30 years of experience working in Indonesia's microfinance industry. Although the number of poor people living in Indonesia has declined in recent years, more than 120 million Indonesians still live in poverty.


Opportunity Kenya was established in 2006. The need for stable financial structures became increasingly apparent as the country faced violence and significant political unrest following the disputed presidential elections in December 2007.

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In Malawi, 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. To reach these remote communities, Opportunity International uses mobile bank vehicles, ATMs and point-of-sale (POS) devices in local businesses.

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More than half of Mozambicans live on less than $1 per day. Within this context, Opportunity International is reaching out to serve the most impoverished working people in Mozambique.

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For nearly two decades, Opportunity International has worked with microentrepreneurs in Nicaragua to build sustainable, successful businesses that will break them out of the cycle of poverty.

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More than a quarter of the Philippines' 105.7 million people live in dire poverty. The reasons are many: rapid population growth, inadequate social infrastructure, slow growth of rural productivity and lack of access to credit.

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Though Rwanda has made some remarkable advances since the 1994 genocide, 44.9 percent of Rwandans live below the poverty line. Microfinance remains an essential part of the solution to end Rwanda’s crushing poverty.

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The breakup of the former Yugoslavia and, more recently, the global economic crisis, has left many economic challenges and a large section of the population unemployed, struggling to rebuild their lives.

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One out of every three Tanzanians is self-employed, indicating a high level of microenterprise activity. Only 20 percent of the population, however, has access to a formal bank within an hour's walking distance of their home.

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Nearly a quarter of Uganda's population lives below the poverty line. Opportunity Uganda offers a full suite of financial services to those living in chronic poverty.

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United States

Opportunity International staff in the United States work with the donor community, manage programs and support the growth of our implementing members.


Opportunity International staff in Australia work with the donor community, manage programs and support the growth of our implementing members.


Opportunity International staff in Canada work with the donor community, manage programs and support the growth of our implementing members.


Opportunity International staff in Germany work with the donor community, manage programs and support the growth of our implementing members.

United Kingdom

Opportunity International staff in the United Kingdom work with the donor community, manage programs and support the growth of our implementing members.


Opportunity International helps nearly 12 million clients in 27 developing countries.



CLM is Chemen Lavi Miyò, the Pathway to a Better Life, an 18-month program that principally depends on the way it accompanies women living in ultra-poverty closely. CLM features one-on-one enterprise and life skills training which is offered during weekly home visits from case managers. But it is not merely an education program.



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Our Work Where We Work

Get facts about poverty in developing countries and learn how we empower people to work their way out of poverty and build a safety net for the future.

Opportunity International helps 10.7 million clients in 22 developing countries expand businesses, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net of savings and insurance.

Click the name of a country listed below to learn more about how Opportunity International makes an impact in that region. See maple leaf for countries where Opportunity Canada supports programs.


 LATIN AMERICA                                
 Colombia Ecuador
 Dominican Republic Haiti
 Honduras Nicaragua



 The Democratic Republic of Congo  Ghana
 Kenya  Liberia
 Malawi  Mozambique
 Nigeria  Rwanda
 Tanzania  Uganda


China India
Indonesia Philippines




We have support members in:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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