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Nicaragua Emergency Update

by Dave Wiegman

In the midst of ongoing national turmoil in Nicaragua, our staff and clients have demonstrated remarkable resilience. The crisis, which began in mid-April, has caused dramatic economic, political, and social upheaval for people throughout the country. The roadblocks that prevented people from moving throughout the country have been removed, but it is still unsafe to be out after 7:00 p.m. Economic activity has slowed dramatically, and tourism—a major driver for many industries—has all but dried…

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Announcing Our August Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

Can you believe it’s already the middle of August? Before we know it, kids will be going back to school (or maybe they already are!)—which is why we’ve selected a Book Club book that is great for the whole family! Get your young learners back in “school mode” by reading our August Book Club book together (there is even a young reader’s version available!). This month, we are reading:  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba Called “inspirational,” “amazing,” “heartwarming,”…

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Picking up the "Left Behind"

by Opportunity International

Online Marketing Specialist Katie Morgan sat down with two team members who recently visited clients in China as part of a research trip. Alex Baum, Senior Program Manager, ensures that we meet our commitments to donors and clients. Abbie Condie, Research and Knowledge Coordinator, manages research on Opportunity’s programs, partners, and initiatives. Katie: What was the purpose of your recent visit to China? Alex: We visited the Jiangsu Province, where Opportunity China works, to conduct research…

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Harvesting a New Era of Digital Training

by Opportunity International

Since launching in 2009, Opportunity’s Agriculture Finance program has provided innovative programs to smallholder farmers in Africa. Clients are given an opportunity to provide for their families through our financial trainings, access to bank accounts and financial services, teachings on best agricultural practices, and connections to fair markets where they can get a good value for their crops.  Have you ever been curious about how our partners in the field provide the trainings that help clients…

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Announcing Our July Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

We are ready for vacation—which means we are ready for some excellent summer reading! As the temperature heats up, we are excited to dive into an incredible novel that is perfect for the pool, a plane, or your daily commute. Join us this July as we read: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi Winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and listed as one of the best books of 2017 by countless publications including NPR, Time magazine, Oprah.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis StarTribune, and the Financial…

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Schools Create Jobs

by Simona Haiduc

One of the most surprising and important benefits of Opportunity's Education Finance program is the way schools serve as economic engines in their communities. Schools educate children, but they also create jobs and stimulate the surrounding economy.  When I think about an article originally written by former Head of Education Finance, Nathan Byrd, The research he and his team conducted in Uganda demonstrates the power of EduFinance as a driver of the local economy and a force for job creation. …

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Minnesota Governors in Action

by Opportunity International

Minnesota Governors gathered in April to celebrate the NICACED program with visitor David Kone and enjoyed a fireside chat with Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon. Insight trips to Nicaragua and strong church partnerships with Christ Presbyterian Church (CPC) and Wayzata Community Church (WCC) have resulted in an expanded Governors Community who support Opportunity in unique ways—making corporate supply chain connections for the Yucca processing plant and Skyping with Emprendedora High School students…

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WASH Programs in Schools

by Opportunity International

Bridgette Sekyi has always been passionate about education. When she and her husband moved from Accra to the more rural region of Kwabre in Ghana, she noticed that the schools in her area had a problem. Upon her move, she said, “I was sad to see the schools around here did not have any toilets or water. The whole community faces health issues. The houses don’t have running water, so families have to go fetch water from boreholes, but sometimes the queues are very long. And there is only one public…

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Opportunity EduFinance’s Support of Private Education in the Developing World

by Faye Ruck-Nightingale

This post originally appeared in January on the EduFinance blog here.  At Opportunity EduFinance our absolute focus to help all children access a quality education.  Our School Fee Loans help kids access both public and private schools. Our School Improvement Loans help affordable private schools improve education access and quality provision for their local communities. We support private schools as we believe they fill the gap of accessibility where public schools are too large or too far…

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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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