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Get Involved in Giving GROWTH a Chance

by Sonya Perez-Lauterbach

About the GROWTH Act Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act (S.1425) is an innovative bill that is currently being discussed in Congress. It will give greater economic opportunities…

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Melinda Gates Highlights Opportunity International

by Rob Meloche

Earlier this week, Opportunity International was honored to host Melinda Gates as she visited some of our clients and experienced our banking services in Malawi. With the support of the Bill & Melinda…

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Cash In, Cash Out: Financial transactions and access…

This study reports findings from the research on 172 low-income households and the value proposition of financial services to its clients: the uses of the mobile van, impact on family cash flows, and the…

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Addressing Capital Adequacy for MFIs: A risk management…

This paper reviews key issues that MFIs should consider in determining how much capital is necessary in order to weather adverse business conditions and thrive, looking specifically at the relationship…

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Opportunity International Honors Dr. Martin Luther…

by Sonja Egeland Kelly

I must be true to my conviction that I share with all men the calling to be a son of the living God. Beyond the calling of race or nation or creed is this vocation of sonship and brotherhood, […] I believe…

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The Tragedy in Haiti: How You Can Help

by Rob Meloche

At Opportunity International we are heartbroken over the horrible suffering and staggering devastation in Haiti. Please join with us in praying for the people of Haiti and supporting the ongoing relief…

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Congress provides more money for microfinance

by Cynthia Greenwood

Let’s celebrate the increase in appropriations for microfinance and microenterprise development for FY2010. It grew from $245 million to $265 million—terrific in a tight budget year. (This is pending…

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The Challenge of Credit Scoring

by Sonja Egeland Kelly

A lack of a formal credit score makes risk mitigation particularly difficult and thus has the potential to reduce the effectiveness of microfinance. A lack of some type of credit information can cause…

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Introducing #Mifimon 2010!

by Amy Carol Wolff

Interested in learning about microfinance? Follow our biweekly discussion group #mifimon (because Microfinance Mondays was too long for Twitter’s 140-character limit). Our aim is to host an exchange…

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