Sponsor a Family


Help a mother and her children in Malawi build a future free from poverty. She can start and run a profitable business, give her children a good education, and find safe housing and warm meals. Together with your help.

Change a family’s future right now. All for about $1 a day.

Family Sponsorship Equals Success

99% of women entrepreneurs in Opportunity
International’s program have:

Increased their Business Value by 40%

Started Two Profitable Businesses

Obtained Safe, Stable Housing

Mothers and their children can build a future free from poverty.
Will you help waiting families in Malawi?

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Meet the Families

Cecilia Sitima

Age: 24
Family: Married, pregnant, with 3 children ages 0-7
Business 1: Sell farm produce and small dry fish.
Business 2: Four goats + molding bricks.

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Eliza Fabiano

Age: 39
Family: Single, 6 children
Business 1: Goats
Business 2: Groceries, later changed to seling rice.

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Lonney Chimbiya

Age: 42
Family: Single with 6 children ages 5-22
Business 1: Pigs, and has added other livestock.
Business 2: Doughnuts

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50 Cents Per Day

The families you'll sponsor to enter Opportunity International's program live on 50 cents per day. That’s far below the global poverty line.

A gift of $35/month — about $1 per day — can change everything for them.

Your Gift Transforms Lives.

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Your sponsorship changes a family's future

Your sponsorship support helps a mother-led household with:

  • A 6-month food stipend
  • Education and training on how to start and run a successful business
  • Financial skills and money management training
  • Weekly visits by a case manager
  • The opportunity to create a sustainable income

With your steady sponsorship, she can start a business and succeed. Her children can go to school. A family can live together in a warm home and not worry about their next meal.

Together, with you, a family can break free from poverty and into a future filled with hope and opportunity.

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Case Study: Lonney Chimbaya

Her family’s future is transformed thanks to caring friends like you.

  • Lonney is a visionary. She always wanted to have a better life with her children, but she struggled to find the opportunity.
  • Accepted into the Opportunity International program
  • Began trainings in business management and financial literacy with her cohort
  • Chose pig farming as her first business, due to the high yield pigs can bring in during a short period of time.
  • Made strides in the first few months, diversifying her livestock with a goat, two rabbits, and chickens.
  • Began selling doughnuts to her community as a secondary business
  • Lonney‘s success has allowed her to improve her home with a toilet and a place to dry her plates. She’s also been able to re-enroll her son in school.


How will I know if my support is making a difference?

When you sponsor a family in Malawi, you’ll receive a different story each month of a mother and her family who are enrolled in Opportunity International’s family sponsorship program. You can follow their journey out of poverty and walk alongside them as they build a promising future together and transform their communities.

Why Malawi?

Opportunity International has identified Malawi as a high-need area prime for change. According to the World Bank, it is one of the lowest-income countries in the world. 70% of the population live on less than $2.15 a day, which is the global poverty line. And 80% of Malawians lack access to enough nutritious food for normal growth. These barriers make it even more difficult for mothers and their children to break free from poverty. Yet the women enrolled in Opportunity International’s program are resilient, willing to learn, and ready to build a new future for themselves and their children. They’re hoping friends like you will support them in this life-changing opportunity.

Why should I sponsor a family?

Monthly sponsorship is by far the most impactful way to support these families as they break out of poverty and build new futures together. This program has had proven success in Haiti and is currently up and running in Malawi. Your sponsorship means far more than financial support – it shows you believe in these mothers as they receive new skills and training, build their businesses, and send their children to school. You’re not only fixing a temporary need. Your sponsorship generates generational change for families and communities!

What is family sponsorship?

Opportunity International’s Family Sponsorship program is focused on improving the lives of entire families. It starts by enrolling the mother in a business education program. The family is provided with a 6 month stipend for food while their mother is learning the foundations of running a business and deciding which businesses she wants to build. She will choose two businesses to start; one that she can start immediately that will help provide a small income to her as she builds her longer term business.Once her longer term business is fully operational, it will provide the stable income she needs to care for her children and invest in their future.

About Opportunity International

Opportunity International is a global non-profit that has been equipping people to build sustainable livelihoods and educate their children for 53 years. Opportunity provides 20 million families with innovative financial resources, training, and support to grow their small businesses and send their children to school. In 2023, Opportunity International and its partners helped fund 7,000 schools that reached 1.9 million children. Discover more at opportunity.org or join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.