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Crisis in Nicaragua

by Atul Tandon

As you may have seen in recent news, Nicaragua is undergoing its biggest uprising since the civil war ended in 1990. Protests began on April 18, following proposed changes to taxes and pensions, and the reaction to these protests escalated rapidly into violence. As a result, the country is experiencing violent attacks, looting, and larceny, particularly at night. Many people are experiencing food shortages, gas and diesel are largely unavailable, and hundreds of road blocks make it difficult to move…

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Read Our June Book Club Book: Factfulness by Hans Rosling

by Opportunity International

To kick off a summer of reading and learning, we are excited to announce our June Book Club book!  This month, we are reading one of Bill Gates's \"5 books worth reading this summer\"—a book Gates describes as \"one of the best books I've ever read.\"  When Bill Gates makes a recommendation like that, we are sure to listen! So this month, join us as we read:  Factfulness by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund Hans Rosling was a brilliant researcher and teacher who passed…

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Mobile Banking in Ghana

by Opportunity International

We sat down with our Senior Program Manager, Alex Baum, to learn about an exciting new mobile banking program in Ghana. We can't wait to hear updates about this initiative's progress in the months ahead!  Alex, can you tell us a little bit about mobile banking? What is it and why is it important? What does it allow us to do?  Alex: Mobile banking is a service provided by financial institutions that allows clients to use their mobile phone to conduct banking transactions like making deposits, withdrawing…

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Field Update: Our Insight Trip to India, Part 4

by Mark and Sue Real

Mark and Sue Real, Opportunity supporters from Colombus, Ohio, traveled on an Insight Trip to India to meet Opportunity's field staff and clients. The trip was eye-opening and inspiring—and they graciously shared a few of their experiences with us. We will be sharing their stories over the course of the week. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here, and learn more about traveling on an Insight Trip with us at opportunity.org/insight.  The Satya-Micro Fin Ltd in Agra is a micro-finance non-governmental…

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Opportunity EduFinance Supports Entrepreneurs and Enterprise in Schools

by Faye Ruck-Nightingale

This content originally appeared on edufinance.org.  The inclusion of business and life-skills training in children’s education is increasingly important, particularly in the developing world, and particularly in Africa.  In 2016 the UN estimated Africa’s population at 1.2 billion (almost 50% under age 18) and calculated an increase to 2.4 billion by 2050[i].  To survive this huge increase in population growth young people need skills to rely on for life.  Whether entrepreneurial at heart,…

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Field Update: Our Insight Trip to India, Part 3

by Mark and Sue Real

Mark and Sue Real, Opportunity supporters from Colombus, Ohio, traveled on an Insight Trip to India to meet Opportunity's field staff and clients. The trip was eye-opening and inspiring—and they graciously shared a few of their experiences with us. We will be sharing their stories over the course of the week. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here, and learn more about traveling on an Insight Trip with us at opportunity.org/insight.  Our next visit was to two small villages outside the pink city of…

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Field Update: Our Insight Trip to India, Part 2

by Mark and Sue Real

Mark and Sue Real, Opportunity supporters from Colombus, Ohio, traveled on an Insight Trip to India to meet Opportunity's field staff and clients. The trip was eye-opening and inspiring—and they graciously shared a few of their experiences with us. We will be sharing their stories over the course of the week. Read Part 1 here, and learn more about traveling on an Insight Trip with us at opportunity.org/insight.  We drove to the home of the leader of a five-woman trust group. Our driver steered…

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Field Update: Our Insight Trip to India, Part 1

by Mark and Sue Real

Mark and Sue Real, Opportunity supporters from Colombus, Ohio, traveled on an Insight Trip to India to meet Opportunity's field staff and clients. The trip was eye-opening and inspiring—and they graciously shared a few of their experiences with us. We will be sharing their stories over the course of the week. Learn more about traveling on an Insight Trip with us at opportunity.org/insight.  Our Insight Trip was Sue’s fourth trip to India and Mark’s first. Sue immediately noticed the increase…

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Meet Cassie and Carol, our Governors Co-Chairs

by Opportunity International

We recently sat down with Cassie Burns and Carol Pelino—the co-chairs of Opportunity’s Board of Governors. Cassie and Carol are dedicated Opportunity supporters working to grow, engage, and encourage the Governors community. We loved getting to know a little bit more about them, and we hope you love meeting them, too! Carol Pelino and Cassie Burns, Opportunity's Board of Governors Co-Chairs Why (and how) did you get involved with Opportunity International? And why have you chosen to stay involved?  …

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Celebrating Mothers: Sorany's Story

by Opportunity International

In honor of Mothers Day on May 13, we are celebrating some of the amazing women we know around the world who are working tirelessly to support their families and create bright futures for their children. Honor the mothers in your life at opportunity.org/mothersday.    Like many girls in her neighborhood in southern Bogotá, Colombia, Sorany found herself pregnant at age 16 and dropped out of school. Her family made her move out of their home, and she was left without a plan and without options.…

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