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Reflections on Daily Bread

by Atul Tandon

Amid so much darkness, there are small glimmers of light. Because of you, families who could have already crumbled under the economic shock caused by COVID-19 have some safety – a chance to survive, rebuild, and thrive once again. More than 12 million families have savings accounts, 5.7 million have access to digital banking, and all have local Opportunity staff who care deeply about their wellbeing. I think about clients like Linda Nyarko in Ghana, a woman who has inspired me and so many others.…

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A Shining Light in a Dark Season

by Atul Tandon

As we all learn to navigate the health, economic, and social changes caused by COVID-19, I find myself thinking often of our clients and neighbors living in extreme poverty. The reality for those living on less than $2 a day is unimaginable—without access to clean water and sanitation, already limited economic opportunities, and notably absent healthcare infrastructure, Opportunity clients are bracing for disaster. This is especially true in my home country of India, where the government-mandated…

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Getting to Know: Kerri McAfoos

by Laura DesGranges

Kerri McAfoos has been a committed member of the Governor community for several years. We are lucky to have Kerri join as Governor Co-Chair alongside Cassie Burns. Let’s get to know Kerri!   Coming to Opportunity My family had been donors to Opportunity for many years before I learned about Insight Trips. I accepted an invitation to travel to Rwanda with Opportunity, and my mind was opened to the important work of microfinance; I was impressed by the quality of this organization. I had such a…

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Understanding What is at Stake for Schools During COVID-19

by Opportunity EduFinance

It started with just a handful of school closures in countries where we operate. Within 48 hours, we were faced with nationwide school closures in all eight countries due to COVID-19 prevention and containment measures. UNESCO consolidated information on COVID-19's global impact on education, with statistics that were hard to fathom. 165 countries with nationwide school closures affecting more than 1.5 billion learners 87% of the global learner population enrolled at the start of March is suddenly…

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Behind Closed Doors: The Champions of Women's Empowerment

by Opportunity International

Behind Closed Doors: The Champions of Women's Empowerment by Fionah Agaba Barbra   Fionah Agaba Barbra is a guest blogger for Opportunity International. She is a young communications professional from Uganda who has worked with several organizations to empower women across her country. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in gender studies.    Growing up as the daughter of Fortunate Paska, a renowned women’s rights advocate, I had no choice but to become passionate about gender equality. I…

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Women on the Move

by Opportunity International

  Our team has been on the move in these first weeks of 2020! We’ve been lucky enough to travel domestically and around the world to share and improve our work while meeting with staff, supporters, and clients. Here are some highlights from the beginning of 2020:   TRACKING INNOVATIONS IN GHANA Left to right: Abbie from Opportunity International with Sinapi staff members Thomas, Abigail, and Alfred Research and Knowledge Coordinator Abbie Condie worked with staff in Kumasi, Ghana, to set up a…

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Education Quality Program Announces 2019 Award Winners

by Jenn Winter

For the second year, Opportunity International’s Education Quality program is recognizing associated schools that have demonstrated the most significant innovation and determination to improve the quality of education for their students. Winning schools were evaluated based on their ability to implement planned activities and creatively use limited resources to maximize the impact of their learning environments. The award committee looked for approaches that both engaged and benefited the school…

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Join us on the family trip of a lifetime

by Diane Ferguson

Ever struggled with how to pass along your philanthropic passion to your children? We know the life-changing impact that an Insight Trip can have on a family when it's experienced together as a family. If you're longing for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then register today to travel with us to Colombia from July 20-26 on this carefully crafted trip that has been planned with your whole family in mind.  A colorful street in the \"walled city\" of Cartagena, Colombia. You will create lasting…

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What We All Can Learn from the 2020 Gates Letter

by Opportunity International

What We All Can Learn from the 2020 Gates Letter by Allison Kooser The Final Push is the Hardest | Every Challenge is Multifaceted | Giving Up Isn’t the Answer | Scale Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All | Some Problems Don’t Go Away by Themselves | Swing for the Fences   In their annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates are swinging for the fences.  Spurred on by advice from Warren Buffet years ago, the Gates Foundation has long been a leader in risk-taking for the greater good. They have made big bets…

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Rosa Wang on the Ideagen Podcast

by Opportunity International

Rosa Wang, our Global Director of Digital Financial Services, was featured on the Ideagen Global podcast, hosted by Ideagen President George Sifakis, to discuss transformations and trends in digital finance.  From Opportunity's voice-based messaging system in mobile banking to digging deeper into how the finance world is changing microfinance around the globe, you won't want to miss Rosa's thought-provoking interview highlights. Listen below.

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