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Unlocking Quality Education for this Generation

by Heather Kaczrowski

At Opportunity International, we are committed to one audacious goal: ending extreme poverty in our lifetimes. To achieve this vision, one of the most critical issues we must address is that of generational poverty—the situation in which generations of family members live in the same economic position, unable to grow or develop over time. When children of parents living in extreme poverty grow into parents of children living in extreme poverty, we know that something must change.  And we know…

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Why EduFinance Matters

by Andrew McCusker

What do you want to be when you grow up?  It’s a common question we ask our children as they grow and develop. It’s what my own parents asked me as I started school as a kid. It’s one of the first questions that dared me to dream; that allowed me to imagine a future full of possibilities and choices. What I didn’t realize back then, however, was how many children around the world never get that chance.   Today, a girl born in Uganda is four times more likely to have her first child than…

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Key Program Learnings: Education Finance

by Abbie Condie, Mary Pat McVay, and Genzo Yamamoto

At Opportunity International, we believe that championing inclusion is essential to achieving universal access to quality education (UN Sustainable Development Goal #4). Our EduFinance program fosters inclusive learning environments and opportunities for increased access to education by offering school proprietors, teachers, parents, and students a range of sustainable, scalable services. The following are some recent key learnings shaping the EduFinance program and demonstrating its positive benefits…

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Crisis in Nicaragua

by Atul Tandon

As you may have seen in recent news, Nicaragua is undergoing its biggest uprising since the civil war ended in 1990. Protests began on April 18, following proposed changes to taxes and pensions, and the reaction to these protests escalated rapidly into violence. As a result, the country is experiencing violent attacks, looting, and larceny, particularly at night. Many people are experiencing food shortages, gas and diesel are largely unavailable, and hundreds of road blocks make it difficult to move…

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Read Our June Book Club Book: Factfulness by Hans Rosling

by Opportunity International

To kick off a summer of reading and learning, we are excited to announce our June Book Club book!  This month, we are reading one of Bill Gates's \"5 books worth reading this summer\"—a book Gates describes as \"one of the best books I've ever read.\"  When Bill Gates makes a recommendation like that, we are sure to listen! So this month, join us as we read:  Factfulness by Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund Hans Rosling was a brilliant researcher and teacher who passed…

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Mobile Banking in Ghana

by Opportunity International

We sat down with our Senior Program Manager, Alex Baum, to learn about an exciting new mobile banking program in Ghana. We can't wait to hear updates about this initiative's progress in the months ahead!  Alex, can you tell us a little bit about mobile banking? What is it and why is it important? What does it allow us to do?  Alex: Mobile banking is a service provided by financial institutions that allows clients to use their mobile phone to conduct banking transactions like making deposits, withdrawing…

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Field Update: Our Insight Trip to India, Part 4

by Mark and Sue Real

Mark and Sue Real, Opportunity supporters from Colombus, Ohio, traveled on an Insight Trip to India to meet Opportunity's field staff and clients. The trip was eye-opening and inspiring—and they graciously shared a few of their experiences with us. We will be sharing their stories over the course of the week. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here, and learn more about traveling on an Insight Trip with us at opportunity.org/insight.  The Satya-Micro Fin Ltd in Agra is a micro-finance non-governmental…

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Opportunity EduFinance Supports Entrepreneurs and Enterprise in Schools

by Faye Ruck-Nightingale

This content originally appeared on edufinance.org.  The inclusion of business and life-skills training in children’s education is increasingly important, particularly in the developing world, and particularly in Africa.  In 2016 the UN estimated Africa’s population at 1.2 billion (almost 50% under age 18) and calculated an increase to 2.4 billion by 2050[i].  To survive this huge increase in population growth young people need skills to rely on for life.  Whether entrepreneurial at heart,…

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Field Update: Our Insight Trip to India, Part 3

by Mark and Sue Real

Mark and Sue Real, Opportunity supporters from Colombus, Ohio, traveled on an Insight Trip to India to meet Opportunity's field staff and clients. The trip was eye-opening and inspiring—and they graciously shared a few of their experiences with us. We will be sharing their stories over the course of the week. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here, and learn more about traveling on an Insight Trip with us at opportunity.org/insight.  Our next visit was to two small villages outside the pink city of…

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Field Update: Our Insight Trip to India, Part 2

by Mark and Sue Real

Mark and Sue Real, Opportunity supporters from Colombus, Ohio, traveled on an Insight Trip to India to meet Opportunity's field staff and clients. The trip was eye-opening and inspiring—and they graciously shared a few of their experiences with us. We will be sharing their stories over the course of the week. Read Part 1 here, and learn more about traveling on an Insight Trip with us at opportunity.org/insight.  We drove to the home of the leader of a five-woman trust group. Our driver steered…

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