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Where We Work India

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

india-biharAlready, Opportunity has reached over 3 million mothers and families in India with access to training, support and small loans. The average loan is just $70, impacting an average of 5 people in each family. Yet with India's population of 1.3 billion, demand for opportunity far outweighs supply.

Dia Vikas: Opportunity India established Dia Vikas (“Lamp of Development”), in 2008, to serve the poorest areas of India through social investment. Dia Vikas supports the growth of Indian microfinance by partnering with and investing in poverty-focused microfinance institutions and encouraging start-ups that operate in India’s most underserved areas.

Highlights of these transformational collaborations include

Empowering Women: Mentoring designed to educate women on domestic violence awareness, family health and suicide prevention.

Community Outreach: Opportunity India builds strategic alliances to encourage community-wide transformation. For example, through Dia Vikas we address water, sanitation and health issues in partnerships with Healing Fields and Cashpor.

Social Performance Management (SPM): Dia Vikas is a leader on collecting information about how products and services affect clients in outreach, range of services, protection, satisfaction and transformation.

Current Projects in India

Opportunity International Canada is partnering with Opportunity Australia in India's poorest state, Bihar, to deploy 186,000 loans and 35,000 savings accounts to women entrepreneurs, train 735 community health leaders and provide 150,000 families with loans for toilets and water pumps.  In Bihar, where 7 million live below the national poverty line of 40 cents a day, a small loan and support has the potential to change the future of a family forever.  Be part of their story.

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