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Believing in Transformation

by Terry Watson

Transformation is a powerful word.  It illustrates a deep and sustainable change that overcomes circumstance and attitude.  A change that alters the future. Looking back on the last 12 months I am once again inspired and humbled by our clients’ determination and belief in their own transformation.  These men and women work hard, knowing they have the abilities and drive to provide a better future for their children.  With your help this potential is not just known it is unlocked, empowering…

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Carly Fiorina Steps Down as Global Board Chair of Opportunity International

by Opportunity International

US Board Chair Mark Thompson to assume new role effective immediately Opportunity International Global Board Chair Carly Fiorina today formally announced her U.S. Presidential candidacy. As a result, she is resigning from Opportunity’s Global Board. “Opportunity is unique among nonprofits for their businesslike approach and sustainable client impact,” Fiorina said. “It has been my privilege to serve as their first Global Board Chair. They are in good hands with the many fine global leaders…

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Planting Seeds of Opportunity

by Jenny Dunn

With 70% of people in Africa working off the land, our Seeds of Opportunity appeal highlighted the continent’s huge agricultural potential.  The Appeal, which ran from November 2014 to February 2015 and is our most successful to date, engaged the public with our innovative agricultural programme and the role they can play in unlocking Africa’s potential so that families and communities can thrive.   ‘Before my Opportunity loan I was never able to grow enough to feed my family.  My life…

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Savings in Action

by Jenny Dunn

When a family begins to earn an income from their business, they need somewhere safe to keep it. For many of us in the UK we would naturally use a savings account but, with no alternatives, many families living in poverty hide what little money or assets they do have under their mattress, in a hole in the ground or in livestock.  Here, their hard-earned income can be stolen or destroyed – a devastating loss for a family just starting to get on their feet. Opportunity International uses innovative…

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Protecting a Child's Future

by Brad Skeba

Parents, no matter where in the world they are from, have the same desires for their children. They want them to succeed. They want them to live a life better than their own. They want them to learn and be educated and have the skills and confidence to achieve a meaningful life. This love, this deeply entrenched desire to see their children flourish, is one of the critical intangibles that powers the success of so many of Opportunity International’s clients.  It’s why they work so hard day after…

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2 Media Stories You Don't Want to Miss

by Opportunity International

This year, Opportunity International Global CEO Vicki Escarra spoke about our innovative, transformational work in a number of prominent news outlets, including Bloomberg and CCTV. As we remember 2014, here are two interviews that you don't want to miss:  Vicki Escarra, Global CEO for Opportunity International, discussed Opportunity's goal to create 20 million jobs around the world with Bloomberg's Trish Regan on \"Street Smart.\"   Vicki Escarra also spoke on CCTV regarding bridging the gap between…

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Empowering Generational Change Through Education

by Opportunity International

“Investing in education is one of the most decisive ways to help people work their way out of poverty,” said Vicki Escarra, Global CEO of Opportunity International. “Research has shown that education raises a student’s future economic status and can even extend life expectancy. We look forward to continuing our important partnership with Credit Suisse to expand educational opportunities for thousands of youth through access to financial services.” Today we are pleased to announce a partnership…

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The Chance to Double Our Impact

by Jenny Dunn

Today Opportunity UK launches their Seeds of Opportunity appeal, which provides an amazing opportunity for people’s generosity to help twice as many people. All individual donations from UK residents before 26th February 2015 will be doubled by the UK government, £1 for £1. Helping us to double our impact and see even more people work their way out of poverty. Will you help us? Do you live in the UK? Do you know someone that does? If so, please do share with them this fantastic opportunity to…

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Samuel's Determination to Give His Students a Better Future

by Gareth Simpson

In September 2014 I was fortunate to visit Opportunity International’s programmes in Ghana where we support 70,000 small businesses with microloans and provide savings facilities to over 375,000 Ghanaians living in poverty. The country’s rich mineral resources of gold and oil mean Ghana is officially a middle income country. But the reality is that many, many Ghanaians still live in poverty. During my visit, I saw living conditions comparable to or worse than countries with lower GDPs. The informal…

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Opportunity Global CEO Vicki Escarra wins Skills to Succeed Award from Accenture

by Opportunity International

Vicki Escarra, Global CEO of Opportunity International, has received a Committee of 200 Annual Luminary Award for Exceptional Women. Vicki was chosen as this year’s Skills to Succeed Champion for Opportunity International’s work training women to be better entrepreneurs and leaders in 22 countries where the organization is active. During an award ceremony today, Escarra expressed her deep gratitude for the award, and spoke about the need around the world for programs that help women succeed.…

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