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Live From The Opportunity International Board of Governors Conference Fall 2009

by Sonja Egeland Kelly

It’s about encouragement. It’s about inspiration. It’s about coming together on behalf of those living in chronic poverty. The Opportunity International Board of Governors Conference brings Opportunity supporters from all over the country to one location for one common purpose: to serve the poor. They hear stories from the field, learn about new trends in microfinance, and discover how to share their own stories in such a way that they honor Opportunity’s incredible clients worldwide. This…

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Live: CEO Kadita "A.T." Tshibaka Kicks off the Board of Governors Conference

by Sonja Egeland Kelly

I have always admired Opportunity International CEO Kadita “A.T.” Tshibaka. He has a way of coming into a room and making everyone feel special. And blessed. And happy. And empowered. He is able to connect with everyone–from a client in the field to a banking executive. Today is no exception. “A.T.” (as he is warmly called by his colleagues, friends, and family) expressed deep gratitude for the involvement of Opportunity’s supporters, and opened the Board of Governor’s Conference…

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Daniel Taylor: Tell Me A Story

by Eliza Griffith

Hi! Let me tell you a story. Doesn’t your body, your soul just lean in a bit when you hear that? Oh please, tell me! Human beings live in stories. Today, Opportunity International’s Board of Governors begins its fall conference – Share her story, Change your world. Daniel Taylor, a professor of literature and writing at Bethel University in Minnesota and a supporter of Opportunity for over 20 years, kicked off the conference. “Stories,” he said, “are the way we make sense of the world.…

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Heartbreaking Effects of Typhoon Ketsana on our Clients & Staff in the Philippines

by Rob Moll

The capital city of the Philippines, Manila, has been devastated by typhoon Ketsana during this past week. The storm dumped as much rain on the city as fell on New Orleans during the Katrina hurricane in 2005. One month’s worth of rain fell on the city in the space of just 12 hours on Saturday, Sept. 26. Opportunity received this update from one of our Philippine partners. \"Eighty percent of the Manila metropolis and nearby provinces were severely devastated. Hundreds of our clients lost homes,…

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“There is nothing micro about the human spirit.”

by Susy Cheston

This was a quote from the speech Maria Otero gave at her swearing-in ceremony as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs yesterday. Maria spent over 20 years working in microfinance, and had been serving as CEO of ACCION International when she was tapped for public service. Maria made this comment in the course of sharing what she had learned from microfinance that she would take with her into her new role. In introducing Maria, Secretary of State Clinton declared that “There…

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Insight Trip: Tanzania Day 2 – Suzie Hofert

by Suzie Hoefert

Today we met many different Opportunity International clients — each one unique in what he or she was selling. One of the clients was selling used clothing. He was such an inspiration because he was receiving his first loan and his goal was to use the profits to support his family, including seven siblings! We asked him if he had repeat customers and he said he did, so clearly he understood the importance of customer service. Different venders were coming around and watching as we stood around…

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Twestival: Social Media Enables Social Change

by Kaitlyn Davidson

What’s this Twitter stuff all about? If you have a Twitter account (millions of you do), and you want to engage in social change, then Twitter may have just the event for you. Twestival Local, or Twitter-Festival, is an event that unites Twitter users offline to have a major impact on a social cause in their local area. Hundreds of gatherings take place in different cities around the world over a weekend span to raise awareness and funds for that city’s charity of choice. Twestival is completely…

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Insight Trip: Tanzania – Mark Zoller Day 1 Post

by Mark Zoller

This post is a part of an ongoing series from YAO members on an insight trip in Tanzania.   It’s Monday evening and YAO is winding down after our first full day here in Tanzania. The majority of our group pulled into the Rivertrees Lodge late last night and were greeted with dinner and drinks as we got acquainted with each other and the program we were about to participate in. The accommodations here at the Lodge are extremely comfortable and the grounds are beautiful. The place is nothing less…

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Insight Trip: Tanzania – Jason Duff Pre-trip Post

by Jason Duff

This is a part of an ongoing series of posts from members of the Young Ambassadors for Opportunity. September 5, 2009 Today, I embarked from Columbus, Ohio on a 7-day, 264-hour, 2-country African experience with 21 amazingly talented and accomplished Young Ambassadors for Opportunity.   I have yet to meet any of the YAO members in person; however, I am totally inspired by their energy, compassion and commitment to help others. YAO members seek to inspire, educate and involve younger generations…

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Insight Trip: Tanzania – Suzie Hofert Pre-trip Post

by Suzie Hofert

This is a part of an ongoing series of posts from members of the Young Ambassadors for Opportunity. In two days I leave for the YAO Insight Trip to Tanzania and Rwanda. To say that I am excited would be an understatement. I have a feeling that it will not really hit me that I am going on this wonderful adventure until I step off the plane in Tanzania. I can’t wait to meet the people that have received loans from Opportunity International and experience how their lives have changed. I am praying…

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