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50 for 50: Building Healthy Communities

by Mukti Bosco and Gayathri Prashanth

This essay is a selection from the special edition of UnPoverty by Mark Lutz. The new edition has been released in celebration of Opportunity International’s 50th Anniversary, featuring new chapters…

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We’re thankful for…great books!

by Allison Kooser

Set in a fictional African village, How Beautiful We Were explores colonialism, ancestry, the environment, and the power of community in the face of enormous challenges. Through powerful storytelling,…

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Opportunity International and Oikocredit announce USD…

 Opportunity International, a longstanding global leader in providing financial services to lift people out of poverty, and Oikocredit, a social impact investor and worldwide cooperative promoting sustainable…

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50 for 50: Remembering Opportunity International in…

by Stacie Schrader

Opportunity International was the first microfinance organization in Russia; there was no precedent for our work. At every turn, I was told, “It’s impossible in Russia!”

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50 for 50: Origin Stories - Asia

by Opportunity International

In 1974, a farmer named Ketut received Opportunity International’s first loan in Asia. With $50, Ketut and his wife began a tailoring business after purchasing a sewing machine. The microfinance program…

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A Conversation with the VISA Foundation on SDG #1 –…

by Opportunity International

Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, celebrated worldwide to recognize the struggles of those living in poverty and promote dialogue amongst stakeholders to end poverty once and for…

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Women as Agents of Change

by Opportunity International

For decades, families living in rural communities in India have struggled to access high-quality financial services. As the nation developed and rapidly introduced modern banking infrastructure, remote…

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50 for 50: 7 Facts about our progress out of poverty

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International has spent 50 years learning what clients need to break the cycle of poverty. Through innovative solutions that help families build sustainable livelihoods, farmers improve their…

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How to Make a Meaningful Career Pivot with Randy Kurtz

In 2013, Randy traded in a three-decade career in investment banking to serve those in need – first by serving as CEO of the Cristo Rey Network, then as Deputy Directory and CFO of the Illinois Criminal…

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