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Beyond the Fishing Rod: Unlocking Innovation and Sustainable Development Goal 9

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Beyond the Fishing Rod:Unlocking Innovation and Sustainable Development Goal 9 May 22, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Sustainable Development Goal 9 | Building Infrastructure—and Possibility—in Nicaragua | Information Technology and the Power of Mobile Phones | Improving Farming Through Access to Irrigation | The Future of Infrastructure and Innovation I recently finished reading a book written by South African comedian Trevor Noah. In it, he discusses his…

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Planting a Seed of Opportunity: An Infographic

by Opportunity International

Two out of every three African farmers are living in poverty, despite having incredible potential to grow their underutilized farms. Opportunity International provides ambitious farmers who want to work their way out of poverty with access to the right tools to grow their farms. With Opportunity International’s financial services, knowledge, connections and technologies, farmers can grow more crops, increase their incomes and sustainably feed their families and communities. See how planting a single…

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She is Clothed in Strength and Dignity - A Mother's Day Tribute

by Lydia Baldridge Meier

We celebrate mothers the world over who work hard for their families. Thank you for believing in the beauty and strength of their labor, as celebrated in Proverbs 31: She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.…

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Thank you, Vicki

by Atul Tandon

Dear Vicki, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” –Philippians 1:3-6 The first and most important thing I must say is thank you. Thank you for your visionary leadership and constant support of our teams, both locally and globally. You have built a culture of encouragement and collaboration while holding us…

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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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