A Message from our CEO
When I first stepped into the role of Chief Executive Officer at Opportunity International, I was struck by the organization’s unwavering commitment to building sustainable livelihoods for the poor. For 46 years, Opportunity has helped millions of people break free from the bonds of poverty. This foundation will be what guides us in our next, and most exciting, chapter of collaboration and innovation. This is the time for our biggest goal yet: helping to end extreme poverty in our lifetimes.
2016 Client Impact
Last year we empowered 9.7 million farmers, educators, and small business owners around the world with the financial tools and training that is helping them work their way out of poverty for good.
Our corporate, government, and institutional partners are driving sustainable change for millions of people around the world by empowering them to work their way out of poverty.
Our generous supporters contribute their philanthropic talents and treasures to Opportunity to help further the organization's mission and give people everywhere the chance to lives their lives with dignity and purpose.
U.S. Board of Directors
Opportunity’s U.S. Board of Directors use their unparalleled passion and experience to guide the organization and ensure we achieve our mission, while striving for our vision, while staying true to our motivation.
Opportunity International raises funds from many sources and uses them to provide loans, training, and support services to our clients so they can build sustainable livelihoods. With these funds, we achieved significant growth in client impact across our global network in 2016.
Title Photo: Hanna Guazambera was one of the first people to bank at Opportunity when it opened in Malawi in 2003.
As a small business owner selling maize flour, Hanna wanted one financial tool more than any other: a savings account. “It’s not secure to keep money in the house,” she says. “If people know that you are doing business, they know you have cash— it’s too risky.”
When she opened an account with Opportunity, she also received invaluable training that helped her learn how to better manage her finances.
Since then, she and her husband Elton have planned and saved money to provide for their five children and their own businesses. Because of the savings account, Hanna has been able to purchase three plots of land, build homes to rent, maintain her car, buy a small farm for growing maize, and sell up to 300 bags of maize per harvest. When Elton became extremely sick, they were able to keep growing their businesses while continuing to support their family.
Now, with her children successfully living on their own, Hanna is filled with pride over all that she and her husband have overcome and accomplished.