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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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Read With Us: August Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

With the last days of summer looming, we're squeezing in as many books as we can before the fall gets underway. Which book from your summer list did you love the most? Before we get to our August selection, let's take a quick look back at what we read last month: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Inspired by her personal story, Contreras’ novel recounted the story of an unlikely friendship—and taught us all about Colombia at the height of Pablo Escobar’s reign. If you…

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Views from Colombia

by Jenn Winter

Colombia will captivate your eyes and taste buds as one of South America's most vibrant countries. In a nation that was once known for devastating conflict and despair, you will discover its true beauty through the inspiring, resilient people who are redefining their homeland. While traveling on an Insight Trip to Colombia, you'll explore Bogota's breathtaking architecture, wander the famous streets of Cartagena, and sip on Colombia's world-renowned coffee while enjoying their famous \"ajiaco\" soup.…

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Read With Us: July Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

It's officially the season of vacation, relaxation, and sunny afternoons—which means it's time to pick up a great book!  Last month, we read King Leopold's Ghost, a sad, harrowing story about King Leopold II's capture of the territory surrounding the Congo River.  We were particularly struck by this truth: \"And yet the world we live in—its divisions and conflicts, its widening gap between rich and poor, its seemingly inexplicable outbursts of violence—is shaped far less by what we celebrate…

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Remembering Refugees on #WorldRefugeeDay

by Opportunity International

In a small town in Colombia, Miriam poses with her puppy in her lap. She appears like many of her neighbors—hard-working, welcoming, greeting our team with a smile. But things have not always been easy for Miriam. She is Venezuelan, and two years ago, she fled to Colombia as a refugee.   As she explained, “In my country there was a very unstable economic situation. I was a widow and my son lived in Panamá. The economic, political, and social situation in Venezuela eventually forced me to leave…

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Atul Tandon on the Ideagen Podcast

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International CEO Atul Tandon sat down with the team at Ideagen to discuss extreme poverty, innovative financial solutions, and the exciting future that's ahead of us. Watch two clips or listen to the full episode below. Clip 1: Our 3 Biggest Challenges Clip 2: Why We're Optimistic Full episode:   

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Read With Us: June Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

The sun is shining and we are ready for a few months of rest, relaxation, and reading. Instead of diving straight into the beach reads, we’re kicking off our summer reading by tackling a big, powerful book. This June, we are reading King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild.  Described as \"a story of greed, terror, and heroism in colonial Africa,\" King Leopold's Ghost recounts the story of Belgium's King Leopold II's brutal destruction of the Congo in the 1890s.  It's a heavy topic, to be sure,…

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A Message from Colombia

by Elsa Martinez

Elsa Martinez is an Opportunity client in Cartagena, Colombia. Recently, she shared her incredible story with us in her own words. We were moved and inspired, and wanted to pass along her powerful words to you. Hello friends, My name is Elsa and I live in Cartagena, Colombia. I want to share how you have impacted my life. When I was 9 years old, armed bandits arrived in my town. I was so afraid. Everyone had to leave immediately otherwise we would be killed…but where would an entire town go? We…

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