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Read With Us: August Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

With the last days of summer looming, we're squeezing in as many books as we can before the fall gets underway. Which book from your summer list did you love the most? Before we get to our August selection, let's take a quick look back at what we read last month: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Inspired by her personal story, Contreras’ novel recounted the story of an unlikely friendship—and taught us all about Colombia at the height of Pablo Escobar’s reign. If you…

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Views from Colombia

by Jenn Winter

Colombia will captivate your eyes and taste buds as one of South America's most vibrant countries. In a nation that was once known for devastating conflict and despair, you will discover its true beauty through the inspiring, resilient people who are redefining their homeland. While traveling on an Insight Trip to Colombia, you'll explore Bogota's breathtaking architecture, wander the famous streets of Cartagena, and sip on Colombia's world-renowned coffee while enjoying their famous \"ajiaco\" soup.…

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Read With Us: July Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

It's officially the season of vacation, relaxation, and sunny afternoons—which means it's time to pick up a great book!  Last month, we read King Leopold's Ghost, a sad, harrowing story about King Leopold II's capture of the territory surrounding the Congo River.  We were particularly struck by this truth: \"And yet the world we live in—its divisions and conflicts, its widening gap between rich and poor, its seemingly inexplicable outbursts of violence—is shaped far less by what we celebrate…

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Remembering Refugees on #WorldRefugeeDay

by Opportunity International

In a small town in Colombia, Miriam poses with her puppy in her lap. She appears like many of her neighbors—hard-working, welcoming, greeting our team with a smile. But things have not always been easy for Miriam. She is Venezuelan, and two years ago, she fled to Colombia as a refugee.   As she explained, “In my country there was a very unstable economic situation. I was a widow and my son lived in Panamá. The economic, political, and social situation in Venezuela eventually forced me to leave…

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Atul Tandon on the Ideagen Podcast

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International CEO Atul Tandon sat down with the team at Ideagen to discuss extreme poverty, innovative financial solutions, and the exciting future that's ahead of us. Watch two clips or listen to the full episode below. Clip 1: Our 3 Biggest Challenges Clip 2: Why We're Optimistic Full episode:   

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Read With Us: June Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

The sun is shining and we are ready for a few months of rest, relaxation, and reading. Instead of diving straight into the beach reads, we’re kicking off our summer reading by tackling a big, powerful book. This June, we are reading King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild.  Described as \"a story of greed, terror, and heroism in colonial Africa,\" King Leopold's Ghost recounts the story of Belgium's King Leopold II's brutal destruction of the Congo in the 1890s.  It's a heavy topic, to be sure,…

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A Message from Colombia

by Elsa Martinez

Elsa Martinez is an Opportunity client in Cartagena, Colombia. Recently, she shared her incredible story with us in her own words. We were moved and inspired, and wanted to pass along her powerful words to you. Hello friends, My name is Elsa and I live in Cartagena, Colombia. I want to share how you have impacted my life. When I was 9 years old, armed bandits arrived in my town. I was so afraid. Everyone had to leave immediately otherwise we would be killed…but where would an entire town go? We…

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Celebrating All Women on Mother's Day

by Diane Ferguson

While Opportunity International exists to empower people—especially women—to improve their lives, we did not pioneer the concept. Since the beginning of time, mothers and grandmothers have been naturally wired to instinctively know what their children need to survive and thrive. They are also wired to acquire those things above all else. I have learned so much about being a mom of grace from Opportunity moms.A few weeks ago, I became a first-time grandma or “mhamo.” I fretted over my daughter…

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Read With Us: May Book Club

by Opportunity International

We’ve been eagerly waiting for this month’s book to release, and now it’s finally here! Join us this month as we read Melinda Gates’ new book, The Moment of Lift.  This will be one of the most talked-about books of the season—as Brené Brown put it, this book “changed how I think about myself, my family, my work, and what’s possible in the world.”  Malala Yousafzai writes, “This book is an urgent manifesto for an equal society where all women are valued and recognized in all…

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Powering Students' Futures with Clean Water and Sanitation

by Atul Tandon

At the Best Start School in Ghana, a little girl proudly showed me the row of brightly colored bathroom stalls that lined the periphery of the property. She grinned as she pointed to the bold painted letters reading, “Girls Bathroom.” Outside of the stalls was a sink with running water, and the ground was carefully covered with tile. Next to the row of purple doors stood a water tank full of clean, drinkable water. Beyond that, there was an ever-growing block of classrooms. For the 466 students…

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