We’re just hours before the close of 2012. Before midnight, make an investment in the life of one of Opportunity International‘s women clients, giving her hope for a better future. Empower women like Rosemary Namande of Uganda to earn an income, have a safe place to save, and provide a better life for herself and others in her community.
Rosemary runs the Nadulu Infant Primary School in Kampala. Forty years ago, she opened a tiny school for infants in makeshift quarters. Today, thanks to tireless determination and Opportunity loans, five permanent buildings house her elementary school and orphanage. Here, “Mama Rosemary” educates and cares for 900 children — nearly half of whom are orphans — and offers discounted or free tuition to many of her other students. She also provides treatment at the school to 15 children who were born with HIV. “All my life, I’ve been taking care of the children,” she says. “They are down in my heart. I’ve seen how children suffer, so I [took on] that responsibility.”
Through Opportunity’s education finance tools, Rosemary has been able to employ 69 people and greatly enhance economic activity in her community. Rosemary goes even further: she helps other women establish businesses, she chairs the local women’s council and she opens up her school to the community for meetings and celebrations.
One woman, driven by the belief that education leads to a better life for this and the next generation. That’s the power of one. Don’t let 2012 end without making a tax-deductible gift that will empower a woman like Rosemary with the tools she needs to improve her life. Invest in her today.