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One Amazing Gift – A Job

By Lydia Baldridge Meier

"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ... a partridge in a pear tree."

Martha & her husband

Unlike the lone partridge in the pear tree, our clients are surrounded by the support they need from their very first loan. On the first day our clients increase their income, they begin to achieve their first goal: to educate their children. Then, the first thing our clients do when their business grows is to create jobs for their neighbors.

Gallup CEO Jim Clifton shared recently that according to the Gallup World Poll, “What the whole world wants is a good job. That is one of the single biggest discoveries Gallup has ever made.” This singular fact is the basis for his new book, The Coming Jobs War.

Since our founding in 1971, Opportunity has created or sustained 13.8 million jobs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

By 2020 we aim to be impacting 100 million lives through our work. In doing so, our clients will have created 20 million jobs since our founding.

Our early work proved the poor are worthy of credit. Over the years, we’ve continued to champion our clients, pioneering savings, insurance and transformational training when others believed it unrealistic among still-lingering doubts over the financial savvy and abilities of those living in poverty.

Opportunity firmly believes that creating and supporting jobs is the key to sustainably growing developing economies and lifting people out of poverty. A stable job provides a family with the means to guard against risks, provide for today and invest in the future.

As you exchange gifts with your family, will you consider just one more gift? For less than $1 a day you can give the gift of a job.

For our clients, a job is much more than a paycheck — it is about a head held high, a family fed, a community standing together. We ask that you partner with us in our mission to reach more families and provide more entrepreneurs with the opportunity to fulfill their God-given potential.

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