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Field Update: Our Insight Trip to India, Part 1

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. Learn more about traveling on an Insight Trip with us at opportunity.org/insight.  Our Insight Trip was Sue’s fourth trip to India and Mark’s first. Sue immediately noticed the increase…

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Meet Cassie and Carol, our Governors Co-Chairs

by Opportunity International

We recently sat down with Cassie Burns and Carol Pelino—the co-chairs of Opportunity’s Board of Governors. Cassie and Carol are dedicated Opportunity supporters working to grow, engage, and encourage the Governors community. We loved getting to know a little bit more about them, and we hope you love meeting them, too! Carol Pelino and Cassie Burns, Opportunity's Board of Governors Co-Chairs Why (and how) did you get involved with Opportunity International? And why have you chosen to stay involved?  …

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Celebrating Mothers: Sorany'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.    Like many girls in her neighborhood in southern Bogotá, Colombia, Sorany found herself pregnant at age 16 and dropped out of school. Her family made her move out of their home, and she was left without a plan and without options.…

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Celebrating Mothers: Abdul'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.    Abdul has her hands full. She has three children—the oldest is 23 and the youngest is one and a half. In order to support her family, she processes rice and sells it in the local market. Yet despite her hard work, Abdul struggled…

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Celebrating Mothers: Caroline'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 Caroline Musoke’s two children faced challenges that left them unable to care for their own kids, Caroline stepped up and took in her four grandchildren to raise as her own.  As the primary provider for her family, Caroline…

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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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