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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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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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