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Our Favorite Insight Trip Moments of 2018

by Opportunity International

Each year, we invite donors, supporters, and friends to join us on life-changing traveling experiences we call Insight Trips. These adventures are designed to challenge your assumptions, open your eyes to the world around you, and introduce you to incredible Opportunity International clients. While you are exploring India or wandering through Colombia, you'll have the opportunity to sample delicious foods, check out the best sites and experiences, and meet fellow travelers who share your interests.…

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Read With Us: January Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

Happy new year, readers! Can you believe we are entering our second year of the Opportunity International Book Club? It has been so much fun to share our book recommendations with all of our fellow book lovers each month! If you aren't already signed up, make sure to do so now! Fill out my online form. // We closed out 2018 reading one of our favorites of the year—Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. Don't forget to join our virtual discussion of the book on Facebook or download a printable…

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Leading Global Growth in Agriculture Finance

by Simona Haiduc

The challenge of ending extreme poverty, a key objective of the Sustainable Development Goals, is inextricably connected to agricultural development. This is because people in developing countries who depend on agriculture for their livelihood are typically living in deeper poverty than people who work in other sectors of the economy. If we can help farmers improve their profitability and increase their income, we can have a tangible impact in lifting them out of extreme poverty. It is with this…

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Partnering with USAID for Economic Growth

by Mark Castellino

Opportunity International has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for over 30 years, working together to support entrepreneurs and grow businesses. Opportunity recently completed two USAID-funded projects that provided innovative financing models in Africa and Europe. Financing agriculture in Mozambique Opportunity joined forces with Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation—a USAID-funded project implemented by Fintrac—to expand our product offerings…

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Celebrating Human Rights, Honoring Kofi Annan

by Katey Assem

Today is Human Rights Day, an annual holiday to honor human dignity. As we celebrate equality and justice on the 70th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we remember Kofi Annan, former UN General Secretary, who passed away earlier this year. Opportunity Board Member, Katéy Assem, grew up in Ghana and knew Secretary General Annan personally. Read his reflections on this great leader and join us in celebrating Human Rights Day.  The African baobab is a remarkable tree.…

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Global Food Security Act Re-authorization

by Mark Castellino

We know that poverty alleviation is inextricably tied to global food security, which is why Opportunity provides financial services to farmers, processors, input suppliers and other enterprises in the agricultural market system. As one of the largest donors of global food security and agriculture, the U.S. government has a key role to play in ending hunger and malnutrition around the world. In 2016 the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) codified into law the efforts and resources of the United…

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Read With Us! December Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

Winner of the National Book Award, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, the LA Times Book Prize, and more, Behind the Beautiful Forevers tells the story of Annawadi, a slum community near the Mumbai airport. Author, MacArthur Genius, and Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo spent years getting to know and reporting on this small community, resulting in incredibly compelling, honest, and unparalleled storytelling. This month, we are reading:  Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo As…

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Announcing our November Book Club Selection: Indonesia Etc.

by Opportunity International

The country of Indonesia is comprised of 17,000 islands—spanning thousands of miles in the Pacific Ocean. Journalist and HIV Epidemiologist Elizabeth Pisani trekked 26,000 of those miles to research and write a comprehensive narrative about this incredible country.  And we can't wait to learn from her experiences.  This month, we are reading:  Indonesia Etc. by Elizabeth Pisani As Amazon describes, \"Declaring independence in 1945, Indonesia said it would 'work out the details of the transfer…

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A New Way to Move Families From Poverty to Prosperity

by Jenn Winter

Before anything else, Marites is a mother. The first thing she asks herself every morning is how she will get food on the table for her children that day. She is learning better ways to answer that question through the LIFE (Livelihoods for the Extreme Poor) poverty graduation pilot program that she joined through Opportunity’s local partner in the Philippines. The graduation model has proven to be a scalable, cost-effective way to support families living in the depths of poverty by providing…

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Meet Erin Dowland Kabwe

by Opportunity International

In August, we welcomed our new Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement, Erin Dowland Kabwe. As Mother Teresa says, “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts.”  Erin emanates this beloved quote so well. She has devoted her entire career to service with almost 20 years of diverse, global experience in fundraising and community development. Her journey to Opportunity began many years ago and is lit by amazing achievements along the way. A highlight…

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