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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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Development as a strategic, economic and moral imperative

by Rob Meloche

“Women and girls are one of the world’s greatest untapped resources and a terrific return on investment…I have seen for myself the transformative power of microlending in women’s lives and their…

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Opportunity International Gives Thanks for Dedicated…

by Cynthia Greenwood

Opportunity International gives thanks for dedicated supporters like Bob and Polly McCrea, who are highlighted in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune article For retired Lake Minnetonka couple, giving has no…

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Rabia Mwakasaka’s New Beginning

by Sonja Egeland Kelly

As we jump into 2010 with both feet, I am reminded of Rabia Mwakasaka’s story. Rabia is a widow with three children. Before she came to Opportunity Tanzania, she worked out of her home, but could not…

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