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A Pandemic at our door

by Atul Tandon

2020 was a challenging and transformative year. For the first time in our lifetimes, all human beings faced a significant threat at the same time and the ground shifted on nearly everything simultaneously.…

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Reflecting on the International Day of Education

by Catherine O'Shea

Sometimes the answers to simple, fundamental questions are in fact the most compelling. As part of International Day of Education 2021 we asked three of our Opportunity EduFinance staff to reflect on the…

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50 for 50: The Power of Community

by Allison Kooser

In the early 1990s, Opportunity International was testing out innovative new models around the world. While launching our very first programs in Africa and beginning to issue larger loans in Eastern Europe…

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50 for 50: Let’s start at the very beginning

by Laura DesGranges

To begin our 50-year celebration, there is no better place to start than at the beginning. While today we serve 14 million people, the Opportunity International story starts with one.

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The Pandemics We Don't See

by Atul Tandon

This article was originally published on the Opportunity International blog on December 21, 2020. When The World Food Programme won the Nobel Prize last year, WFP president David Beasley took the increased…

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What We Read in 2020

by Opportunity International

In 2020, as we spent countless hours at home learning new terms like "sheltering in place" and "social distancing", we found ourselves turning to great books again and again. Reading provided a distraction,…

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Banking on Values 2020: Gorjana

Gorjana had to flee the besieged city of Sarajevo in 1992 facing an uncertain future. Almost 30 years later, she has received the 2020 award from the Association of Business Women of Serbia for her achievements…

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6 Compassionate Organizations Working to Lift People…

A lack of income typically goes hand in hand with a lack of access to education and opportunity, creating a vicious cycle that makes it hard for those in need to improve their situation. Recognizing these…

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Social Impact Heroes: Why & How Mukti Bosco of Healing…

Healing Fields Foundation partners with global nonprofit Opportunity International, whose microfinance institution members are trained as Women Community Health Entrepreneurs (CHEs), which was launched…

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Opportunity International Announces the Sale of 78%…

CHICAGO (November 19, 2020) – Opportunity International and its investment vehicle, Opportunity Transformation Investments, finalized the sale of 78 percent of Opportunity Bank Serbia (OBS), Opportunity…

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