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3 Things to Learn about Microfinance at our Fall Conference

by Opportunity International

If you would like to learn more about microfinance and global development, Opportunity’s microfinance conference is the event to attend. Join us for our 2010 Fall Microfinance Conference this weekend (Friday, Oct. 8-Saturday, Oct. 9) in Washington, D.C.  Here are 3 exciting topics to learn about at our http://www.opportunity.org/opportunity-international-conference/fall conference[/intlink]: Microinsurance Our breakout session, “Stability in Times of Crisis: MicroEnsure,” offered Friday 1:30-2:30…

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Watch It Live: The 2010 Fall Microfinance Conference

by Opportunity International

If you can’t be with us this week for the 2010 Fall Microfinance Conference on Friday, Oct. 8-Saturday, Oct. 9 in Washington, D.C., you don’t have to miss out. We’ll be streaming live video from each of our four plenary sessions at the conference. Tune in to watch live video ofspeakers, including: Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author ofHalf the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Maria Otero, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs…

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Westmont College Students Organize to Raise Funds for Opportunity

by Opportunity International

Last week, around 1,000 students of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. gathered for Chapel with special guest speaker Kadita “A.T.” Tshibaka. Tshibaka, a member of the Opportunity International Board of Directors, inspired the students with his life story, speaking to them about growing up in poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo, telling them how he was given the opportunity to get an education and move to the U.S. to attend Dartmouth College. The story of A.T.‘s life…

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Spotlight from the Field: Naomi and her Royal Seed Orphanage

by Sonja Egeland Kelly

Naomi. I have never met a woman so determined to make a difference. Her bright eyes sparkled, her hands showed the toughness that comes from work, and from her mouth poured words of encouragement and empowerment. I had the pleasure to meet Naomi and tour her Royal Seed Orphanage in Ghana while on an Insight Trip for Opportunity International. She was the last in a series of meetings that day with entrepreneurs who had benefited from the power of microfinance. Only she was different. The young woman…

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What We’re Reading: What Is the What by Dave Eggers

by Allison Bearden

By Allison Bearden, Resource Development Intern, Opportunity International Every Wednesday, we highlight an article, book or a blog in our “What We’re Reading” series. We feature works that are noteworthy, inspiring, educational or relevant to the work we do at Opportunity. We welcome your comments in the comment field below–tell us what you’re reading, or respond to the piece that we’ve highlighted. The following post is on Dave Eggers’ moving novel, What Is the What, about the real-life struggles…

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Irene D. Pritzker, and Attendees of World Leadership Forum Dinner, Reflect on her Global Philanthropy Award and the Work of IDP Rising Schools Program

by Opportunity International

“We have created a new way to educate millions of poor children – who like all children, have big dreams.” -Irene D. Pritzker, accepting the Global Philanthropy Award at the Foreign Policy Association World Leadership Forum Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010  On Wednesday night, Irene D. Pritzker, co-founder and president of IDP Foundation, Inc., was honored at the World Leadership Forum Dinner for her work with the IDP Rising Schools Program in Ghana. The IDP Rising Schools Program…

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Insight Trip: Rwanda Day 4 – AJ Renold

by Amy Carol Wolff

One of the things I love about Twitter is that you’re able to experience real-time industry developments and thought exchange. I love seeing people discuss social entrepreneurship, music, literature and food.   Individuals can discover new resources that help grow their knowledge of the world and space in which they operate. It is truly fascinating. This summer, Opportunity International created the discussion, #Mifimon (Microfinance Monday was too long for twitter’s 140 character limit), which…

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Real-Time Conversation. Real-Time Impact. #Mifimon

by Amy Carol Wolff

One of the things I love about Twitter is that you’re able to experience real-time industry developments and thought exchange. I love seeing people discuss social entrepreneurship, music, literature and food.   Individuals can discover new resources that help grow their knowledge of the world and space in which they operate. It is truly fascinating. This summer, Opportunity International created the discussion, #Mifimon (Microfinance Monday was too long for twitter’s 140 character limit), which…

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Painters, Activists & Engineers at the Clinton Global Initiative

by Rob Meloche

On the last evening of The Clinton Global Initiative, I ended up chatting with the following three people: a painter who uses his art to teach children in Mexico about tolerance and peace, a small business loan officer who works for a community development organization in Harlem, and an engineer who is piloting a solar lantern program for people living in poverty in Pakistan. These weren’t keynote speakers or commitment presenters, just people I happened to sit next to in the hotel lobby. While…

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Teri Goudie, Inspired by Half the Sky, Summits Mount Kilimanjaro for Women in Poverty

by Ruth-Anne Renaud

One week ago, Teri Goudie, a former TV producer for Chicago’s ABC 7, traveled to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, raising donations for Opportunity International and the Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children (JBFC). Goudie was inspired to accomplish this incredible feat after reading the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas D. Kristof. She’s joined on her journey by two friends, Lisa Stafford and Patty Orler.…

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