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Transformation in Action: My Visit to Linda's Bakery

by Atul Tandon

Transformation in Action: My Visit to Linda's Bakery February 14, 2018 // by Atul Tandon In my professional circles, my colleagues and I often use the word transformation. For those of us working in poverty alleviation and development, this word is the big end goal—representing lives, families, and futures that are forever changed.  Yet often, transformation can feel vague. It can become a convenient term, rather than what it really is: a person’s life story. Transformation is my friend Linda…

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Clients Who Inspire Us

by Katie Morgan

Clients Who Inspire Us January 29, 2018 // by Katie Morgan Every day we are inspired by our amazing clients who are working their way out of extreme poverty. Meet three of these remarkable individuals who are creating opportunity for themselves, their families, and their communities. It is client stories from Caroline, Ben, Proscovia, and so many more that are made possible by incredible supporters like you!  Proscovia, Uganda When Proscovia Kiweewa approached Opportunity for support for her coffee…

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Five Things I'm Grateful For This Year

by Atul Tandon

As I reflect on this past year, I am filled with a combination of disparate emotions. Joy for another year of life surrounded by so many incredible friends and colleagues, excitement and anticipation for the year ahead, and heartbreak over the challenges Opportunity clients still face—poverty, pain, and suffering so severe that they turn my stomach just to read about them. But above all, I am overcome with gratitude and excitement. I am grateful to be alive at this exciting time—a season when,…

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The Power of Stories

by Abbie Condie

The Power of Stories January 10, 2018 // by Abbie Condie As a researcher for Opportunity, I love any chance I get to visit our partners in the field and witness Opportunity’s transformative work first-hand! Days before Thanksgiving I had the chance to attend the Fifth Annual Leadership Congress – an event that recognizes the hard work and dedication of client leaders from our Trust Groups in Colombia. These are women (and a handful of men!) who have been recognized by their loan officers as not…

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Time Magazine: The Optimists, Edited by Bill Gates

by Atul Tandon

It’s easy to think the world is falling apart. Our regular news cycles show us a constant barrage of tragedies, each one worse than the one before. Yet in this important issue of Time Magazine, Bill Gates draws our attention to something we often ignore: the world, as a whole, is getting better. Through a collection of articles written by thought leaders, activists, investors, and global change agents, Gates highlights an important truth: we can and should be optimistic because we are making significant,…

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Working for Dignity and Human Rights

by Allison Kooser

Each year on December 10, we join with the global community to celebrate Human Rights Day—a celebration of the rights each of us is entitled to, not by nature of our religion, race, sex, profession, economic status, political opinion, or status, but simply our humanity. That shared experience of human-ness that, in and of itself, should elicit dignity, respect, and value. Seventy years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document…

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Reducing Inequality and Remembering the Forgotten

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Reducing Inequality and Remembering the Forgotten October 12, 2017 // by Allison Kooser The Forgotten | Remembering Those With Disabilities | Remembering Those With Chronic Illness  | Remembering Those Who Are Widows | Remembering Those Who Are Left Behind | Moving Forward “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” – Mother…

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Setting a course for our future, investing in girls education

by Michele Sullivan, Caterpillar's director of Corporate Social Innovation and Caterpillar Foundation president & Atul Tandon, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity International

For more than 20 years, Opportunity International and the Caterpillar Foundation have partnered to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We have worked together to empower entrepreneurs throughout sub-Saharan Africa with loans, savings, and financial training. We have expanded our outreach in Asia, equipped farmers with targeted financial services, and invested in financial literacy. And throughout our partnership—through years of innovation, discovery, pilot programs, and new…

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International Day of the Girl 2017

by Michele Sullivan, Caterpillar's director of Corporate Social Innovation and Caterpillar Foundation president & Atul Tandon, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity International

For more than 20 years, Opportunity International and the Caterpillar Foundation have partnered to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.  Today, on International Day of the Girl Child, we celebrate one of our greatest lessons learned: the power of investing in girls’ education.  Watch the recent discussion on the importance of investing in girls education with Michele Sullivan, Caterpillar's director of Corporate Social Innovation and Caterpillar Foundation president & Atul Tandon,…

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Empowering Tomorrow's Female Entrepreneurs in Asia

by Rosa Wang, Global Director of Digital Financial Services

One of our key solutions to expanding financial inclusion for women in developing communities involves a tool that many young women already have access to: a mobile phone. As we expand our services in Asia, more young female loan clients will access voice-based content in their own language that will educate them about financial and digital literacy. The beauty of this delivery channel is two-fold:  It works on even the most basic phone. This means we can magnify the utility of phones that young…

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