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Five Things I Can't Stop Thinking About From the 2019 Gates Letter

by Atul Tandon

Every year, Bill and Melinda Gates release their reflections on the world in their annual letter. Their thoughts continually inspire and challenge me, and this year’s letter is no different. Here are five key things I can’t stop thinking about:  “Young Africans will shape the future of not only their own communities but the entire world.”We know that empowering young people is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty—and even more so in Africa, where the population remains uniquely young.…

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Read With Us: February Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

We are excited to welcome so many new readers to the Opportunity International Book Club fold this month. (Must be all of those New Year’s resolutions to read more—which is one goal we can totally support!) In order to support and encourage our ever-growing community of book enthusiasts, we decided to create a space where we can all share our thoughts and reactions to the things we are reading. Please take a moment to join the Opportunity International Book Club group on Facebook, and invite…

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Talk to Us! Your 2019 Goals

by Opportunity International

This year, we want to hear from you!  Each month, we'll ask you a question—and we'll pose the same question to one of our clients working her way out of poverty around the world. Because, while our circumstances look different, our lives are actually remarkably similar. We all are working hard, dreaming about the future, and caring for our families. We all like hanging out with friends, and we are all aiming for more joy and laughter.  We'll share your responses each month, so be sure to join…

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Top 3 Blogs From 2018

by Opportunity International

 Last year, we traveled the world from the screen of our phone or computer, read impactful and thought-provoking books, and were inspired by clients and the stories of their perseverance. Our favorite part was getting to do all this with you! To celebrate another year of exploring, learning, and working to end extreme poverty together, let's a look back at your favorite blogs from 2018. MY FIRST TIME IN THE FIELD  Opportunity’s own IT master, Shane Ulrich, keeps the Chicago office up…

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Our Favorite Insight Trip Moments of 2018

by Opportunity International

Each year, we invite donors, supporters, and friends to join us on life-changing traveling experiences we call Insight Trips. These adventures are designed to challenge your assumptions, open your eyes to the world around you, and introduce you to incredible Opportunity International clients. While you are exploring India or wandering through Colombia, you'll have the opportunity to sample delicious foods, check out the best sites and experiences, and meet fellow travelers who share your interests.…

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Read With Us: January Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

Happy new year, readers! Can you believe we are entering our second year of the Opportunity International Book Club? It has been so much fun to share our book recommendations with all of our fellow book lovers each month! If you aren't already signed up, make sure to do so now! Fill out my online form. // We closed out 2018 reading one of our favorites of the year—Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. Don't forget to join our virtual discussion of the book on Facebook or download a printable…

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Leading Global Growth in Agriculture Finance

by Simona Haiduc

The challenge of ending extreme poverty, a key objective of the Sustainable Development Goals, is inextricably connected to agricultural development. This is because people in developing countries who depend on agriculture for their livelihood are typically living in deeper poverty than people who work in other sectors of the economy. If we can help farmers improve their profitability and increase their income, we can have a tangible impact in lifting them out of extreme poverty. …

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Partnering with USAID for Economic Growth

by Mark Castellino

Opportunity International has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for over 30 years, working together to support entrepreneurs and grow businesses. Opportunity recently completed two USAID-funded projects that provided innovative financing models in Africa and Europe. Financing agriculture in Mozambique Opportunity joined forces with Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation—a USAID-funded project implemented by Fintrac—to expand our product offerings…

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Celebrating Human Rights, Honoring Kofi Annan

by Katey Assem

Today is Human Rights Day, an annual holiday to honor human dignity. As we celebrate equality and justice on the 70th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we remember Kofi Annan, former UN General Secretary, who passed away earlier this year. Opportunity Board Member, Katéy Assem, grew up in Ghana and knew Secretary General Annan personally. Read his reflections on this great leader and join us in celebrating Human Rights Day.  The African baobab is a remarkable tree.…

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Global Food Security Act Re-authorization

by Mark Castellino

We know that poverty alleviation is inextricably tied to global food security, which is why Opportunity provides financial services to farmers, processors, input suppliers and other enterprises in the agricultural market system. As one of the largest donors of global food security and agriculture, the U.S. government has a key role to play in ending hunger and malnutrition around the world. In 2016 the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) codified into law the efforts and resources of the United…

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