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Mentoring Malawi's Business Women

by Opportunity International

In January 2017 we launched a 'Woman in business' mentoring scheme as part of a three-year Scottish government funded programme to promote the economic empowerment of women.  The programme addresses the key constraints faced by many small business owners in Malawi -  a lack of access to financial services, entrepreneurship training and businesses growth. The mentoring scheme will focus on encouraging female entrepreneurs as they plan to grow their businesses from small-scale to large - taking on…

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Ambitious for the Future

by Cliff Hampton

In February this year I went to Uganda and Rwanda to see some of our projects on the ground. I visited schools supported by our education programmes, Trust Groups providing job creation and farmers who are part of our agriculture programmes. In each case I saw for myself and heard from many people that loans provided by us have not only transformed their lives but were impacting their children through help with their education. It was a humbling experience to see how, despite many challenges…

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Opportunity International And Finca Combine Forces To Improve Education In Nigeria

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International EduFinance and FINCA Microfinance Bank Nigeria have partnered to expand access to education loans in South East of Nigeria.  The partnership, via Opportunity’s EduFinance Technical Assistance Facility (ETAF), will introduce a School Fee Loan product for parents of students in public and private sector education, as well as a School Improvement Loan product for affordable private schools to expand and improve their schools.  The partnership aims to reach at least 118,000…

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Fulfilment through work

by Joyce Owusu Dabo

Not many people get to thoroughly enjoy their work whilst positively impacting lives and putting smiles on the faces of entrepreneurs living in poverty. I have worked for almost 16 years at Sinapi Aba Savings and Loans (SASL), one of Opportunity’s microfinance partners. My passion is to see and feel the positive effect my work and company is having on the lives of those living on the fringe of society. I started at SASL as a loan officer, which afforded me the great honor of interacting with many…

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Opportunity International Wins Civil Society Achievement Honor at Children and Youth Finance International Global Inclusion Awards 2016

by Opportunity International

Stockholm-based Ceremonies recognize enterprises that demonstrate innovation in financial, social and livelihoods education, inclusion and entrepreneurial support for children and youth worldwide. Opportunity International proudly announces earning the acclaimed Civil Society Achievement Honor at the Children and Youth Finance International (CYFI) Global Inclusion Awards of 2016, held November 28 in Stockholm, Sweden. The CYFI Awards were attended by more than 150 representatives from 45 countries,…

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Opportunity Education partner in Uganda named finalist for European Microfinance Award

by Opportunity International

The organisers of the European Microfinance Award have announced that Opportunity Bank of Uganda (OBUL) is among its three finalists for the award, which highlights the work of Microfinance Institutions in enabling access to education for children and/or skill-training for youth and adults to enhance their employment and self-employment opportunities. The Selection Committee for the 7th European Microfinance Award, composed of members of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, European Microfinance…

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School Loans, Job Creation, and the Advancement of Low-Income Communities

by By Nathan Byrd, Head of Education Finance

The following post was originally posted on Edufinance.org and can be found here. In a new third-party analysis of 94 Ugandan schools accessing Opportunity EduFinance loans, the resulting school growth created an average of 18.6 additional jobs within the community. How Schools Expand When a school builds new classrooms, dormitories and other infrastructure, the school requires more staff to manage these facilities including teachers, dorm monitors, security guards, and cooks among others. When a…

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Adjoa Andoh meets the farmers YOU have supported

by Opportunity International

In December 2014, Adjoa Andoh presented our Radio 4 appeal as part of our three-month Seeds of Opportunity appeal. An appeal which raised, with gift aid and the UK government match, an amazing £6 million! A year on since the appeal closed – projects in Mozambique and Ghana have been set up to support farming communities with training and loans so that they can move from subsistence to commercial farming. In March this year, Adjoa travelled to the remote communities of Northern Ghana to meet the…

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Reflections from Northern Ghana

by Adjoa Andoh

I flew up from the capital Accra, where my father lives, to Tamale in the north on the 6.30am flight. The last time I made this journey was forty years ago, so I was excited. As we stepped down from the plane 45 minutes later the wonderful dry earth smell of the northern Savannah hit me and I knew I was somewhere else now. I was met by the wonderful Isaac Kodjo Gyesi, Head of Agribusiness for Opportunity International Ghana, and George Owusu Ansah, Tamale Branch manager and their drivers.  Driving…

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Securing a Sustainable Future

by Terry Watson

I am continually amazed by our clients’ unstoppable energy and resourcefulness. They are determined to give their children a better future than their own, despite many social and economic challenges. Our clients are fuelled by a tenacious ambition to work hard and lift themselves out of poverty. Thanks to you, their ambitions are being realised. In 2015, we provided loans, savings and training to more entrepreneurs and communities than ever before. We expanded into more rural communities and tailored…

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