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Celebrating Mothers: Grettel's Story

by Opportunity International

In honor of Mothers Day on May 13, we are celebrating some of the amazing women we know around the world who are working tirelessly to support their families and create bright futures for their children. Honor the mothers in your life at opportunity.org/mothersday.    When Grettel married her husband Winston, she immediately got involved in the family business. Winston’s father Raymundo learned to make rope from his father, and purchased a rope-making machine from Costa Rica 36 years ago. He…

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Celebrating Mothers: Jayanthi's Story

by Opportunity International

In honor of Mothers Day on May 13, we are celebrating some of the amazing women we know around the world who are working tirelessly to support their families and create bright futures for their children. Honor the mothers in your life at opportunity.org/mothersday.    As a relationship officer at Opportunity’s Saidapet Branch, Jayanthi serves entrepreneurs throughout India who are working to build businesses and livelihoods. She serves clients, supervises a team, and has pursued her own training…

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Announcing our May Book Club Selection: China in 10 Words

by Opportunity International

Join us for the Opportunity Book Club and read with us! Each month, we will select a book about a country in which Opportunity works, an issue that is relevant to our clients, or a topic of interest. Read with us, join our discussions online, and broaden your perspective of the world. During the 1960s and 1970s, China underwent its Cultural Revolution—a season marked by political struggle, violence, and Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the Communist Party, returning to power. This portion of China’s…

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Field Update: My Trip to India, Part 6

by Mark Lutz

Opportunity's Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy, Mark Lutz, traveled to India to meet some of our incredible clients. Over the course of two weeks, he is sharing a few of the stories of the powerful moments he experienced and inspiring people he met. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, and Part 5 here.  After a week in India, we headed to the Philippines to look at a program that serves the ultra-poor. The women we met, rather than borrowing from a bank or microfinance…

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Empowering Women in Agriculture

by Abbie Condie

Half of Africa's farmers are women, yet they consistently have lower access to resources and opportunities than male farmers. Research and Knowledge Coordinator, Abbie Condie, explains how Opportunity is working to better understand how to support and empower these incredible women. See what we learned from our clients in Ghana and Mozambique. Empowering Women in Agriculture from Opportunity International

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On the Ground in Rwanda: Experiencing the ‘Extra’ in the Ordinary

by Christina Koliopoulos, Vice President, Global Communications, Opportunity International

To the casual observer, Violet Mukamukangahe is an uneducated farmer eking out a simple living. It takes spending a day with her to realize just how extraordinary she is. With grit, hard work and a little help from her friends at Opportunity International, this 35-year-old tends her rice and sweet potato fields, educates her three children and built a home with her own two hands. I met Violet while on a trip with our partner of 25 years, the Caterpillar Foundation, to capture on video the stories…

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Field Update: My Trip to India, Part 5

by Mark Lutz

Opportunity's Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy, Mark Lutz, traveled to India to meet some of our incredible clients. Over the course of two weeks, he is sharing a few of the stories of the powerful moments he experienced and inspiring people he met. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.  It had been almost 10 years since my last visit to India, and several notable changes struck me. The cities seemed more orderly. Expressways connected major cities to airports.…

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Field Update: My Trip to India, Part 4

by Mark Lutz

Opportunity's Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy, Mark Lutz, traveled to India to meet some of our incredible clients. Over the course of two weeks, he is sharing a few of the stories of the powerful moments he experienced and inspiring people he met. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.  What most intrigued me about Regina's story was her opening remark, “I always wanted my own business.” I can underestimate the sense of independence and empowerment our tiny loans deliver…

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Field Update: My Trip to India, Part 3

by Mark Lutz

Opportunity's Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy, Mark Lutz, traveled to India to meet some of our incredible clients. Over the course of two weeks, he is sharing a few of the stories of the powerful moments he experienced and inspiring people he met. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.  Eleven members of her group, one they titled \"Satia\" (Hindi for \"Friends\"), gathered to make their monthly loan payments. It was a new group, about 7 months into their first one-year loan, and each…

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Field Update: My Trip to India, Part 2

by Mark Lutz

Opportunity's Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy, Mark Lutz, traveled to India to meet some of our incredible clients. Over the course of two weeks, he is sharing a few of the stories of the powerful moments he experienced and inspiring people he met. Read Part 1 here.  What I remember most about the next entrepreneur I met are her figures and how readily she could recount them. For the sake of this vignette, we’ll call her Shruti. Shruti owned 4 cows that together produced 30 liters…

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