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Our Top 10 for 2019

by Opportunity International

We spent the first part of the year reflecting on 2019 and were struck by the momentum we have harnessed. The final numbers aren't even in yet and we already know our supporters helped us increase the number of parents who have a business loan, up to 7.4 million and counting. We doubled the number of children we are reaching through our education programs—now up to 3.5 million. Your collective impact is moving the needle on poverty! We am joyous for what each and every numeric achievement…

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January Book Club: Good Economics for Hard Times

by Opportunity International

As you make your resolutions for the year ahead, we have a challenge for you. Set a reading goal! Maybe it’s a number of books you want to complete in 2020 (we’ve got 12 recommendations coming your way this year — so 12 would be an excellent goal!). Maybe you want to read about cultures and regions that are less familiar to you, or maybe you want to focus on underrepresented authors. Whatever your personal reading goal is, the Opportunity Book Club is here to help! We’re reading right…

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Read With Us: Our December Book Club Selection, Monstress

by Opportunity International

Winter makes us want to do one thing: curl up with a hot beverage, a cozy blanket, and a great book. Doesn’t that sound like the ideal day? Last month, we read Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. With detailed research and hilarious stories, Levitt and Dubner highlighted the benefits of thinking outside of the box—and challenged our assumptions about the world. Now we’re closing out the year with a collection of short stories by Filipino-American author Lysley Tenorio.…

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Congratulations to Muffy Macmillan, Outstanding Individual Philanthropist of the Year!

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International congratulates Muffy MacMillan, Opportunity Board Member and Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, on her Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award presented on Friday, November 15, 2019, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Minnesota Chapter at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon in Minneapolis. Thank you, Muffy, for bringing opportunity to women and girls across the world as you work to help end extreme poverty. Your passion for life, love for people,…

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Women and Girls Opportunity Awards Highlight Partners’ Dedication to Gender Inclusion

by Lydia Baldridge Meier

Opportunity just concluded our second year of the Women and Girls Opportunity (WeGO) Awards. This award was launched in 2018 to celebrate and promote innovations in economic empowerment for women and girls as an essential part of ending extreme poverty. It honors staff and clients in Africa, Asia, and Latin America who work selflessly in challenging environments, and it calls attention to good work that deserves expansion and replication. A little background on the award process: we solicit applications…

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Read With Us: October Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

Have you read something great recently? As a community of book enthusiasts, we love getting recommendations from all of you. Let us know if you have a new must-read book to add to our list!   Here at the Opportunity Book Club, we just finished reading The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We became fans of Adichie while reading her books, Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists (add those to your reading list, too!), and we loved diving into her short story collection this…

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Taste of Home: What's on my plate

by Katie Morgan

Chicagoans are partial to their hot dogs and New Yorkers claim their pizza is the best. Food has always played a critical role in our communities. We gather with our families, friends, and neighbors over a meal for a multitude of reasons, and we spend countless hours thinking about what we want to eat next—but how often think about what dinner looks like for our global neighbors living in poverty?  Pull up a chair and join us as we share virtual meals around the world!   Less than $35 a month…

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5 Unforgettable Lines from Gates Goalkeepers

by Atul Tandon

Each year, Bill and Melinda Gates release a report that compiles data on our collective global progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals. This Goalkeepers report is a touchstone for those of us in the development community. It reminds us of the progress we have already made, and that optimism is supported by overwhelming data that the world is indeed getting better. At the same time, it calls us to action—pointing to the wise investments, critical changes, and big opportunities the Gates…

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Digital Financial Services for Women in India

by Rosa Wang

Rosa Wang serves as Opportunity’s Global Director of Digital Financial Services, leading the organization’s digital strategy. These content below was first shared at the Ideagen conference in Athens, Greece in August 2019. As the Global Director of Digital Financial Services at Opportunity International, I’m focused on one key goal: bringing digital technologies to those living in poverty. These are people—disproportionately women—who are often illiterate and living without running water…

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Read With Us: September Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

In this back-to-school season, we are feeling extra motivated to read great books! Last month, we explored A State of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee. This collection of short stories was set in modern-day India and long-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Like so much of what we have been reading this year, it was both beautiful and devastating, and it opened our eyes to some painful realities of the world. This month, we’re sticking with short stories, but traveling to Africa. Join…

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