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Agriculture Team Spotlight

by Tim Strong

Q&A with Tim Strong, Regional Agriculture Finance Adviser, Branchless Banking Tim Strong (right) walks the field with a farmer. Years with Opportunity: 2 wonderful years Favorite Part About Your Job: Watching local staff become excited about new ways of serving rural clients Distance Traveled: I see about 50 clients per week and, to do that, travel 1,500 miles by car per week, plus 6,000 miles by plane per month Something You’ve Learned From a Client: Since I was a child, I’ve always been drawn…

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Feeding the Future: Ending Global Hunger

by Opportunity International

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Feeding the Future:Ending Global Hunger April 21, 2017 // by Allison Kooser The Global Hunger Crisis | The Implications and Opportunities of Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Insecurity | How Women Can Help Solve World Hunger | Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Insecurity and Children | Hunger, Malnutrition and Food Insecurity and the Environment | Opportunity's Solution: How to End Hunger Imagine for a moment a family. In many ways, this family looks fairly typical:…

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Behind the Scenes with the Agriculture Finance Team

by Debbie Scibek

Debbie Scibek, Program Manager, with local farmers. Agriculture Finance for Dummies: a book that doesn’t exist but I wish did when I began managing Opportunity’s agriculture program. After spending five years in the Middle East and less than a year in West Africa, I had a bit of a learning curve. Little did I know, I was about to be in exceptionally capable hands. To start, I learned the team’s experience in agriculture was a significant number of years more than I had been alive. Each of the…

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Opportunity In Action: March Edition

by Opportunity International

Opportunity In Action March Edition March 28, 2017 Opportunity knows that giving opportunities to women and girls in poverty can give way to infinite possibilities. When girls stay in school, they live longer, healthier lives and drastically increase their future incomes. When women farmers have access to the right networks and technologies, they can earn more for their families and feed their communities. And when women are empowered with savings accounts and small loans, they can participate…

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Empowered Women Change the World

by Opportunity International

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Empowered Women Change the World March 23, 2017 // by Allison Kooser The question is: why? | The Need is Great | The Impact is Significant | The Ripple Effect Changes the World | Opportunity's Response | Empowered Women: The Secret Weapon For those of us working in and supporting international development initiatives, we know that investing in and empowering women and girls is popular and ubiquitous. It is no surprise to us that the Sustainable Development…

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Governor Gives Back on a Big Birthday

by Sarah Tesch

When Jason Williford of Fort Worth, Texas turned 40 last year, he and wife Betsy didn't order black balloons and \"over the hill\" banners. They decided to model Jason's birthday party after their son's 5th birthday party. That's right - Cody Williford's 5th birthday. When Cody turned five a few years ago, he had just been read the book One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, by Katie Smith Milway. Cody decided that instead of receiving gifts for his birthday, he wanted to donate his 5th…

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Opportunity International EduFinance, Teach A Man To Fish, and Fundación Paraguaya Partner to Expand School Enterprise Challenge in Tanzania

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International EduFinance, Teach A Man To Fish, and Fundación Paraguaya Partner to Expand School Enterprise Challenge in Tanzania March 10, 2017 // by Nathan Byrd Opportunity International EduFinance, Teach A Man to Fish (TAMTF) and Fundación Paraguaya have agreed to a partnership targeting expansion of the School Enterprise Challenge to in Tanzania.  The partnership will bring business skills to schools, teachers and students, aiming to benefit at least 10,000 children with a strong…

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Beauty After the Storm

by Diane Ferguson

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Opportunity’s Global CEO, Vicki Escarra, to learn about her recent trip to Malawi, Africa. Pen in hand I was prepared to hear about the typical field visit—news about the banks, meetings upon meetings and always a much anticipated tidbit about our dear clients. What I wasn’t prepared for rocked me to my very core. As a 13+ year employee of Opportunity who started working with Vicki on her very first day as CEO, I thought I knew a lot about her. I…

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End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere In September 2015, UN leaders from around the world gathered to discuss the future of development. Having spent the previous 15 years making remarkable progress toward a set of targets known as the Millennium Development Goals, these leaders knew that the world still faced tremendous global challenges. Poverty, hunger, disease and violence—while reduced—were not eradicated, and so the UN Sustainable Development…

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A Love Worth Celebrating

by Allison Kooser

When Elton Guazambera was hospitalized last year, his life was filled with uncertainties. Would he recover? What would his long-term diagnosis be? But unlike most of his neighbors in Lilongwe, Malawi, Elton had one thing he didn’t need to worry about: whether he could afford his hospital bills. Elton knew that he could get the treatment he needed because his wife Hanna had spent the last decade carefully building a savings account with Opportunity International. For years, Elton and Hanna have…

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