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Welcome to the Opportunity Microfinance Conference

by Sonja Egeland Kelly

Welcome to Phoenix. The sun is shining, the hallways of the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center are filling up, and hopes are high as we begin the Opportunity International Microfinance Conference, hosted by the Opportunity Board of Governors. These next few days promise to be ones brimming with stories. Indeed, the theme of the conference is “Share Her Story: Change Your World.” We invite you to join us right here at blog.opportunity.org during the conference. Along with speakers and special…

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Mourning with World Vision

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International mourns with World Vision for the loss of six staff members who were killed by gunmen in an attack on their office in Pakistan yesterday. The office focused on providing continued relief to the Mansehra District, where a devastating earthquake killed 80,000 in 2005. These World Vision staff members were local citizens who were dedicated to improving the lives of those in their community affected by poverty and disasters. Please remember in your prayers the families of these…

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“Will Kiva Kill Your Nonprofit? Donations 2.0” Nope, not ours!

by Ruth-Anne Renaud

Ian Haisley, Jonathan Neddenriep, Reuben Thiessen and I will be meeting in Austin, Tex., this Friday to attend the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival. We are very excited to be with the “world’s most creative web developers, designers, bloggers, wireless innovators, content producers, programmers, widget inventors and new media entrepreneurs.”  The festival includes presentations and panel discussions, and I will be representing OptINnow in the panel discussion, “Will Kiva Kill…

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Bill Morgenstern Named CEO of Opportunity International

by Opportunity International

We at Opportunity International are excited to welcome our new CEO, Bill Morgenstern.  We are grateful that a man of Bill’s great character and compassion has found his way to Opportunity International to work alongside us to serve those who are suffering in the world.    “I am tremendously honored to join Opportunity International and its almost 40-year history as a leader in the microfinance field,” Bill said. “The story of Opportunity continues to be the story of the people we serve.…

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Strong Women: The Heart of Community in Kampala, Uganda

by Cynthia Greenwood

I woke up today, on the eve of International Women’s Day, thinking about the remarkable women clients I met on a recent trip to Kampala to visit Opportunity Uganda’s operations.  For me, these women give new meaning to the words “hardworking,” “committed,” “brave,” and “strong.” Opportunity Loan Officer Charity Namutebi works out of the Kira Branch inKampala, Uganda’s capital city. Charity, just 27 years old, serves 455 clients in 20 Trust Groups. She encourages…

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Gaining Insight into Women Worldwide

by Marisa Brown

An important component of celebrating International Women’s Day is being aware of and recognizing the difficulties and challenges women still face daily around the world. Opportunity International believes you can even take the common cliché “think globally, act locally” and apply it to this day. We plan on doing this for our in-office International Women’s Day event on March 8. We also realize the significance of thinking globally and acting globally, which is why we’re using…

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Celebrate International Women’s Day with “Half the Sky”

by Ian Haisley

One way you can celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 is to begin reading the book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Late last year, Julie Hindmarsh, a leader in the Women’s Opportunity Network (WON) of Opportunity International, suggested that WON host a “Half the Sky” book reading with members and staff. Here are some of the comments from the ensuing discussion. “There is hope, even amidst all the evil…

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International Women’s Day: Coming Together to Recognize and Celebrate

by Marisa Brown

International Women’s Day is about coming together to recognize and celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women all around the world. On this global day of celebration, it’s important to focus on the individual stories of women who show resilience, strength and courage each and every day. Opportunity International works with these very same women. With determination, knowledge, entrepreneurial spirit and courage, plus the support of microfinance services, these women transform…

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International Women’s Day: What it is/why we celebrate…and more

by Ruth-Anne Renaud

Have you heard of International Women’s Day? Do you know much about the history or significance of this day?  Although the official date is Monday, March 8, we will be contributing posts this week on everything from the history of International Women’s Day to how it relates to the microfinance services that Opportunity International provides to clients worldwide (85% of whom are women). Let’s start with a brief history of International Women’s Day. It  first emerged at the turn of the…

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Opportunity Partners with Two Dollar Challenge: Student Program Makes Poverty a Reality

by Amy Carol Wolff

Opportunity International is pleased to announce our partnership withTwo Dollar Challenge (TDC), an organization based out of the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Fredericksburg, Va. The program, where students live or eat on just $2 per day for one week, raises money for Opportunity Trust Groups in Kenya and Colombia through our peer-to-peer lending website,OptINnow. This initiative gives students the chance to make a personal connection with Opportunity’s clients, learning more about…

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