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2018 Annual Report

CEO Atul Tandon with Mamta, a client in India

A Message from our CEO

“Traveling to India this year brought our reality front and center. My home country has faced poverty, inequality, and suffering for centuries—but it’s also indescribably beautiful. It’s so much like our clients, tenacious while faced with unimaginable challenges. What an honor that we get to step into their stories of transformation.” —Atul Tandon Chief Executive Officer

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Our vision is a world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose.


By providing financial solutions and training, we empower people living in poverty to transform their lives, their children’s futures, and their communities.


We respond to Jesus Christ’s call to love and serve the poor. We seek to emulate the Good Samaritan, whose compassion crossed ethnic groups and religions.

2018 Global Outreach

With your support, we empowered millions of 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.

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“Opportunity taught me how to save money and grow my business. Now, I can buy quality materials in bulk at a lower price and maintain my sewing machine. I feel blessed.” —Magola Martinez, Tailor, Colombia

Celebrating Our Partners

We would like to extend a special thank you to our in-country partners and the companies, churches, foundations, and thousands of individuals who generously made donations, volunteered their time, and devoted their expertise to our clients in 2018. You are changing lives each and every day.

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RISING UP FROM EXTREME POVERTY Solutions for today and tomorrow

Millie, Uganda

Ending extreme poverty today requires helping parents grow their businesses so they can use the profits to provide for their families. Many of these clients are women like Millie in Uganda (right), who grows coffee to support her 12 grandchildren. She partnered with Opportunity, received loans for fertilizer and tools, and was trained on best practices. Now Millie 1) grows twice as much as her neighboring farmers, 2) has diversified the crops she grows so that she is protected if one has a bad season, and 3) used her profits to build a room on her property that she is renting for additional income. We celebrate Millie’s transformation from a fledgling farmer to a stable provider with multiple revenue streams!

To ensure that the cycle of poverty stops with this generation, we are helping Millie’s grandchildren— and millions of other children in poverty-stricken neighborhoods—go to school and pave a pathway out of poverty. We empower parents to send their children to school with special financing and training, and we walk alongside educators as they work to improve their school grounds, classrooms, standards, and curriculums.

Students, United Hope School, Ghana

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.

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Tito Julio Garcia, repairman, Colombia


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 2018.

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