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Meet Rev. Jennifer Kottler, Leader of a Breakout Session at Fall Microfinance Conference

by Opportunity International

Reverend Jennifer Kottler is the director of policy and advocacy at Sojourners, an organization that aims to articulate the biblical call to social justice, “inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.” Kottler will lead a breakout session at the Fall Microfinance Conference on how to be a stronger advocate for Opportunity and its work. A long-time advocate for justice, Kottler has worked at Protestants for the Common Good, the Let…

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Opportunity Attends the 10,000 Women Leadership Academy

by Opportunity International

The second annual 10,000 Women Leadership Academy brought more than 100 partners from around the world to Washington, D.C. from June 6-9, 2010. Opportunity International was honored to be in attendance to represent the Emerging Leaders Program, a part of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women initiative. http://www.opportunity.org/about/strategic-partners/Goldman Sachs[/intlink] created the10,000 Women program to empower women entrepreneurs worldwide by providing business and management training to them.…

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Good Gardening with One Hen

by Opportunity International

The following post was published on the “Stories of Service” blog, written by staff of United We Serve, a nationwide initiative encouraging social service. With the upcoming release of Katie Smith Milway’s book The Good Garden, the One Hen iniative is bringing the lessons of sustainable agriculture and food security to children through two new national service projects. Visit the “Stories of Service” blog…     ***** One Hen, Inc. is an innovative organization that helps children…

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Learnings for YAO from the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit

by Sonya Perez-Lauterbach

Being an effective leader can be a challenge. So as the manager of Young Ambassadors for Opportunity (YAO), I’m always eager to learn from effective, experienced leaders from a variety of fields. That’s why I was so pleased when, last Friday, I got the chance to join thousands of people around the world who were listening in and learning from a diverse lineup of Christian and business leaders at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, a conference broadcast via satellite from the Willow…

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Faith, Hope and Love on our Journey to Kenya

by Opportunity International

Opportunity’s John Kamperschroer, VP of Resource Development, recently returned from an Opportunity Family Week Trip to Kenya. He shares reflections from his travels.  As we traveled along the bumpy roads of Kenya, dust and exhaust coated our lungs while receiving–as one driver put it–an “African massage.” We were on our way to visit three Kenyan schools: part of the experience for our Kenya Family Week travel group, which included my 17-year-old son Logan. We wanted to learn how Opportunity loans impact…

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Top 10 Blog Posts on Education

by Opportunity International

It’s that time of year again… it’s almost time to go back to school! And for people living in poverty, having access to education is a crucial factor that can help them improve the futures of their children, their communities and themselves. That’s whyhttp://www.opportunity.org/Opportunity[/intlink] offers school fee loans, as well as educationmicrofinance for the establishment of local schools as part of our Banking on Educationprogram. Before you head back to school, be inspired to…

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Spotlight on the Annual Report: Microfinance Helps Communities Thrive

by Opportunity International

The Opportunity Progressive Trust Group in Kampala, Uganda provides the perfect example for how http://www.opportunity.org/our-work/trust-groups/Trust Groups[/intlink] can strengthen a community, helping families provide for themselves, send their children to school and build for their futures. http://www.opportunity.org/media-center/stories/the-opportunity-progressive-trust-group/Charity Namutebi[/intlink] is an Opportunity http://www.opportunity.org/our-work/where-we-work/microfinance-in-africa/microfinance-in-uganda/Uganda[/intlink]…

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Melinda French Gates on the Impact of Agricultural Finance

by Opportunity International

Want to do more to impact global poverty? In an interview in the August issue of Smithsonianmagazine, Melinda Gates outlines the techniques the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is using to fight global poverty in the 21st century. (“Melinda French Gates on Saving Lives,” by Terence Monmaney) It’s part of the magazine’s 40th-anniversary issue, featuring ”40 Things You Need to Know About the Next 40 Years.” If you ever feel that poverty in the developing world is an inevitable fact…

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Spotlight on the Annual Report: Empowering Emerging Women Leaders in Microfinance

by Opportunity International

Meet Beatrice William. Beatrice is undergoing training through Opportunity International’s Emerging Leaders Program – part of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative–which trains talented women in banking and finance to help them establish or advance careers in microfinance as loan officers and bank managers. “When I heard that I had been chosen to come to Nairobi for the Emerging Leaders Program, I knew that it was going to change me. And it has,” Beatrice says. Beatrice graduated from…

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What We’re Reading: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by Lyndsey Vanderwelde

Looking for a summer read? At Opportunity, we’re reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It’s the story of a young boy with an entrepreneurial spirit who was able to transform the lives of the people in his community. Young William Kamkwamba and his family grew up in Malawisurrounded by poverty. With just an idea and a few resources he was able to make a windmill out of scrap material that eventually generated enough electric power for his…

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