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Meet Erin Dowland Kabwe

by Opportunity International

In August, we welcomed our new Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement, Erin Dowland Kabwe. As Mother Teresa says, “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”  Erin emanates this beloved quote so well. She has devoted her entire career to service with almost 20 years of diverse, global experience in fundraising and community development. Her journey to Opportunity began many years ago and is lit by amazing achievements along the way. A highlight…

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The Power of Education in Nicaragua

by Lindy Purdy

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In Nicaragua, we saw first-hand evidence of that truth. With its magnificent geographic setting and precarious political situation, Nicaragua is a country of great contrasts. It is both a desired tourist destination and one of the most underprivileged countries. While we experienced that sharp contrast vividly in our short visit, it was the people of Nicaragua who won our hearts. What made…

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Announcing Our September Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

Here at Opportunity International, we have so many wonderful friends. These are people who provide us with invaluable strategic direction, encourage us as we tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, and learn alongside us. Put simply, our friends—people just like you—make us who we are. They make our work possible. So when one of our friends writes an incredible book, we can’t help but celebrate it!   This month, we are reading:  Bigger Than Me by Ward Brehm Ward’s insights about…

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Powering Educational Change-Makers Like Grace

by Allison Kooser

A native of Bogotá, Grace remembers wanting to become a teacher when she was as young as the students she teaches today. As a child in school, she was accustomed to knocks on the door from classmates who didn’t understand a math problem or needed help with their homework. Grace became a peer tutor, and when high school graduation came around, she was certain she wanted to pursue a degree in education. It was during her time at university that her future as a school proprietor started to take real…

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Bandeja Paisa: Bring Colombia to Your Kitchen

by Katie Morgan

This hearty meal is a popular dish in Colombian cuisine. Traditionally served in a large tray to accommodate the amount of food, Bandeja Paisa is a perfect meal to share with friends and neighbors!   WHAT YOU’ll NEED: Makes 4 servings 2 cups white rice   1 teaspoon baking powder ¾ cup oil  ½ teaspoon baking soda  4 cups yellow onion, chopped (about 2 onions)  5 cups water  1 large green bell pepper, chopped  1 cup corn flour  1 tablespoon Achiote paste  4 ounces shredded asadero cheese…

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Nicaragua Emergency Update

by Dave Wiegman

In the midst of ongoing national turmoil in Nicaragua, our staff and clients have demonstrated remarkable resilience. The crisis, which began in mid-April, has caused dramatic economic, political, and social upheaval for people throughout the country. The roadblocks that prevented people from moving throughout the country have been removed, but it is still unsafe to be out after 7:00 p.m. Economic activity has slowed dramatically, and tourism—a major driver for many industries—has all but dried…

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Announcing Our August Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

Can you believe it’s already the middle of August? Before we know it, kids will be going back to school (or maybe they already are!)—which is why we’ve selected a Book Club book that is great for the whole family! Get your young learners back in “school mode” by reading our August Book Club book together (there is even a young reader’s version available!). This month, we are reading:  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba Called “inspirational,” “amazing,” “heartwarming,”…

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Picking up the "Left Behind"

by Opportunity International

Online Marketing Specialist Katie Morgan sat down with two team members who recently visited clients in China as part of a research trip. Alex Baum, Senior Program Manager, ensures that we meet our commitments to donors and clients. Abbie Condie, Research and Knowledge Coordinator, manages research on Opportunity’s programs, partners, and initiatives. Katie: What was the purpose of your recent visit to China? Alex: We visited the Jiangsu Province, where Opportunity China works, to conduct research…

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Harvesting a New Era of Digital Training

by Opportunity International

Since launching in 2009, Opportunity’s Agriculture Finance program has provided innovative programs to smallholder farmers in Africa. Clients are given an opportunity to provide for their families through our financial trainings, access to bank accounts and financial services, teachings on best agricultural practices, and connections to fair markets where they can get a good value for their crops.  Have you ever been curious about how our partners in the field provide the trainings that help clients…

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Announcing Our July Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

We are ready for vacation—which means we are ready for some excellent summer reading! As the temperature heats up, we are excited to dive into an incredible novel that is perfect for the pool, a plane, or your daily commute. Join us this July as we read: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and listed as one of the best books of 2017 by countless publications including NPR, Time magazine, Oprah.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis StarTribune, and the Financial…

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