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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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When Comfort and Priscilla met Jeremy Vine...

by Opportunity International

Did you hear us on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show yesterday? Nathan Byrd, our Head of Education Finance, and two of our school proprietors’ from Ghana, Comfort and Priscilla Appiah, spoke with Jeremy about the transformative work of our education programme.  They discussed how our financial products are improving access to, and quality of, education for many communities living in poverty.  Comfort shared her inspiring story – how she has grown her school from three students to over 800 thanks…

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From Seeds to Success

by Opportunity International

More than 70% of people in Africa live in rural areas and rely on the land to provide for their family. The challenge for many is not just to provide a daily meal for their family but to take it a step further and move from subsistence to commercial farming. Our Seeds of Opportunity Appeal sought to highlight this need and raise money to do something about it. By enabling farmers to run more efficient farms and produce a variety of crops, they can then start to sell commercially and begin planning…

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Education is a Priority

by Helen Plummer

The walls of Martha’s small, cramped living room are covered with graduation photos. Martha, a 57-year-old widow who lives in Bukesa, a poor suburb of Uganda’s capital Kampala, has put eight children through school. She’s also possibly one of Opportunity’s longest serving clients. Through the open door we can hear the combined noise of some 600 chickens in a pen – one of Martha’s two businesses. The second, a small tailoring outfit, is located just along the track outside. For 20 years,…

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Giving Girls the Opportunity to Flourish

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International is running a DFID funded Girls Education Challenge (GEC) project in Uganda partnering with Opportunity Bank Uganda and local youth empowerment NGO – Private Education Development Network (PEDN).  We are working with 250 schools, over 12,000 girls and over 3000 families by providing: A mixture of loans - to improve school environment and infrastructure; Financial education and life skills training – to set girls up for a better future;   Loans for parents - to pay their…

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Adapting through the Years

by Opportunity International

Lydia Baffour Awuah has Opportunity International running through her veins. Like most of our clients, income from her mother’s small trading business in Ghana enabled Lydia to go to school and university. In 2000 Lydia started working for Opportunity Ghana as a Loan Officer. Over the years she has worked in various roles and, on completing a Masters in International Development at the University of Bath, she is now based in our UK Office as a Senior Programme Manager. She regularly returns to…

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Meet Nkunku Aby - the Spirit of Opportunity

by Edward Fox

Nkunku Aby lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world.  A country where only 3% people own a bank account. Three years ago, Nkunku lost everything.  She returned to her small tailoring shop in Kinshasa, the capital city, to find it empty with her business partner gone.  Thankfully Opportunity International was there to offer Nkunku the support, start-up capital and training she needed to rebuild her business.  Her first loan helped her rent new premises…

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