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Opportunity International and Caterpillar Foundation Celebrate 20 Years of Impact

By Lauren Williamson

2013 has been an inspiring year. In this blog series, the 12 Days of Opportunity, we are celebrating the accomplishments made possible by our caring and generous community of partners and supporters. Because of you, our clients are working their way out of poverty, strengthening their families and building vibrant communities in 22 countries around the world.  

Any relationship that lasts 20 years is worth celebrating—and all the more so when it’s one that has changed 18 million lives worldwide.

Opportunity International commemorated its two-decade partnership with the Caterpillar Foundation this fall with a photo exhibit and reception at our Chicago Regional Summit.

Caterpillar has contributed more than $30 million to our programs over the years, including a $19.2 million grant this past June. That money is helping us deliver savings accounts, loans, insurance and training to hundreds of thousands more clients throughout the developing world.

“If you’re looking to invest in an organization that has proven results for moving the needle on poverty, then Opportunity International is the organization to do that,” Caterpillar Foundation President Michele Sullivan said this fall. “To see the impact is just marvelous.”

Sullivan recently traveled to Uganda with Opportunity International CEO Vicki Escarra to see that impact in action. They visited Maryhill School, which Thomas Bugembe runs with the support of our school proprietor loans.

The loans allowed Thomas to buy land, expand Maryhill’s facilities, hire 14 teachers and grow the student population from 37 to 400.

We’re so proud that the Caterpillar Foundation is a partner in bringing a brighter future to those 400 children—and millions more people in the developing world as they work their way out of poverty.

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