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2015 Annual Report

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Vicki meets with our Colombian partners, CEO Enrique Ordoñez and Loan Officer Yineth Trujillo, who was captured by guerrilla rebels as a child. Since escaping, Yineth has committed her life to serving others living in poverty and is a beautiful example of redemption and strength.

A Message from our Global CEO

Each year, this report offers a welcome period of reflection for me. This year, more than at any time since I joined Opportunity, I am filled with reverence for the organization’s steadfast commitment to serving those living in poverty. Simply put, Opportunity’s heart beats for our clients. We are nothing if not working in service to them, and to our donors who fuel our clients’ ability to transform their lives.

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Global Board Chair Mark Thompson

A Message from the Global Board Chair

When the Global Board was created in 2014, one of our key promises to you was to make wise investment decisions. No sooner did we make that promise than it was tested. Our banks in Africa—originally established to fill a vast gulf in financial inclusion—were reaching a critical mass. We found ourselves at a crossroads asking: If we maintain sole ownership of our banks in Africa, given the associated costs and risks, are we most effectively marching toward our vision of helping people achieve a life free from poverty?

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Najroon Bano prepares her saris for the day’s shoppers. Najroon and her husband grew profits from their clothing business from $45 per month to $155 per month after receiving loans and training from Opportunity and its partners in India. Go to opportunity.org/najroon to see the incredible ways Najroon has transformed her life.

2015 Impact

2015 was an incredible year of client impact, all stemming from your commitment to join us on our mission of empowering people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities.

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Staff and stylists traveling with the Heart of cabi Foundation are ready for another great day visiting clients in Rwanda.

Partners

We are grateful for the invaluable support provided by our partners at corporations, organizations, foundations, as well as those providing gifts in kind, whose partnerships are creating sustainable impact for millions of people living in poverty.

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Opportunity donors visit farming clients during an Insight Trip to Masaya, Nicaragua.

Supporters

Our community of Governors and Ambassadors contribute generously to the organization because they are committed to ending extreme poverty and giving people everywhere the chance to lives their lives with dignity and purpose.

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Students from the Top Care Junior School in Uganda head for their next class. School proprietor Charles Mugerwa started the school in 2005 with only 24 children and, with the help of Opportunity School Improvement Loans and training, has since built up the school to serve almost 900 students.

U.S. and Global Board

Opportunity’s Global and U.S. Board of Directors combines their extensive professional experience with their passion and dedication to ensure Opportunity achieves its mission of empowering people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children's futures and their communities.

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Tanzanian farmer Martin Mwambujule (left) meets with loan officers Emmanuel Mapande (center) and Paul Mabuga (right) in the field, where they are using tablets to record information about his farm that will help him maximize profits at harvest.

Financials

Opportunity International achieved significant growth in client impact across our global operations in 2015. The number of clients served worldwide rose 21 percent year-over-year to 14.3 million. We loaned more than $1.4 billion to total clients, and we provided savings accounts to nearly five million clients, helping them build a safety net for their futures.

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Title Photo: Monica Kasalu Banda stands in her grocery store in Malawi, which she grew from a small roadside stand with the help of Opportunity’s services and training.

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