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Follow the latest media coverage on Opportunity International events, programs, partnerships and successes in alleviating poverty in the developing world.

Banking on Values 2020: Gorjana

Gorjana had to flee the besieged city of Sarajevo in 1992 facing an uncertain future. Almost 30 years later, she has received the 2020 award from the Association of Business Women of Serbia for her achievements as the owner of Wood Planet, a progressive carpentry business in Zrenjanin, in Serbia. Despite the challenges she has faced, Gorjana has maintained a passion for wood and the importance of “those who work with their hands”.

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6 Compassionate Organizations Working to Lift People Out of Poverty

A lack of income typically goes hand in hand with a lack of access to education and opportunity, creating a vicious cycle that makes it hard for those in need to improve their situation. Recognizing these difficulties, charitable organizations of all kinds of work to empower struggling individuals and families and provide them with the tools they need to survive and thrive. This article profiled a number of dedicated groups, listed in no particular order, that offer help to those seeking to leave poverty behind.

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Social Impact Investors: How Atul Tandon and Opportunity International Are Helping To Address Some of the World’s Biggest Challenges

Authority Magazine featured Atul Tandon, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity International, as part of their “Social Impact Investors" series.

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Kimberly Inskeep of cabi: The Future Of Retail In The Post Pandemic World

Kimberly Inskeep is the CEO of cabi, a women’s fashion apparel company, which has been selling solely through Independent Personal Stylists for almost 19 years. cabi is a long-time partner of Opportunity International, committed to helping offer the tools and resources to help families work their way out of poverty.

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Global Mentor Network features Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon

Co-Founded by Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Keith Krach, the Global Mentor Network is a pay-it-forward enterprise with a mission to solve one of the world's great challenges: building the next generation of principled, transformational leaders. In this series, host Thuy Vu interviews Opportunity International CEO Atul Tandon.

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The Life and Mission of Atul Tandon, Recipient of Life & News’ Krach Transformational Leader of the Year Award

Opportunity International CEO Atul Tandon is the recipient of Life & News’ Krach Transformational Leader of the Year Award.

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Through the Noise: Providing and Improving Education Around the World

Andrew McCusker, Head of Opportunity EduFinance, interviewed with Through the Noise host Ernesto Gluecksmann to discuss the value of education when it comes to uplifting communities and improving school standards, both in quality and access.

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Heart Of cabi Foundation Week features Opportunity International

Opportunity International partner cabi, the nation’s largest social selling apparel company, held its annual Heart of cabi Foundation Week this month. One America’s Stephanie Myers spoke with the foundation’s director, Amy Taylor, to talk about their efforts and how their partnership with Opportunity is supporting and empowering women living in poverty.

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Ideagen's 17 Days of Sustainability: How Opportunity International is Tackling SDG 1

As we watch decades-long progress in the fight to end poverty possibly wiped out due to the result of the pandemic, where does that leave us in our collective goal to achieve SDG 1: Ending Poverty? Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon hosted a panel discussion with Opportunity's Africa Regional Director Tineyi Mawocha and Knowledge and Research Manager Mary Pat McVay for Ideagen's 17 Days of Sustainability to discuss the current standing and future of this critical goal.

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Opportunity International’s AgFinance Model: Responding to Farmers’ Needs Amid a Pandemic

Opportunity’s Agriculture Finance (AgFinance) model is structured to bring scalable, competitive, and high-impact loans and training to families living in poverty in hard-to-reach regions of the world. Today we work through local, vetted, and regulated financial institution partners, hand-in-hand with our program teams, to bring critical poverty solutions to agricultural communities in sub-Saharan Africa to break the cycle of generational rural poverty.

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This Educator Is a Champion for Young Girls in Ghana

Even in normal circumstances, over 35,000 children of primary school age are out of school in Ghana. Over 40% of children are not enrolled in secondary school. Girls in Ghana are particularly affected by a lack of access to education with a school life expectancy of 11 years. According to Opportunity International, many girls face particular challenges in attending school due to poverty, early marriage, or pregnancy. As the founder of Solid Rock Foundation Schools in Accra, Ghana, Victoria Hazel knows how essential education is for unlocking a child’s potential, especially for girls.

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Opportunity International Donates 10,000 Face Masks to Clients in Ghana

Opportunity International Savings and Loans Limited (OISL), a leading savings and loans company in Ghana, has donated 10,000 pieces of face masks to its clients. The donation was part of OISL’s actions in combatting the spread of the novel coronavirus in various communities it serves.

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School Improvement Loans Linked to Increased Learning Outcomes in Uganda

Opportunity EduFinance partnered with the University of Chicago’s Center for RISC to measure the effectiveness of School Improvement Loans in Uganda related to increasing learning outcomes for students.

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Opportunity International Savings and Loans holds 2nd graduation for 54 ‘Kayaye’

Opportunity International Savings and Loans in Ghana celebrated the second graduation ceremony for 54 street porters (Kayaye) under its flagship Youth Development Program.

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Through the Noise: Small Loans & Business Training Can Change the World

During these uncertain times, how are leaders adapting and changing course? Opportunity International CEO Atul Tandon joined Through the Noise host Ernesto Gluecksmann to discuss how the organization is supporting families during COVID-19, the critical data that helps guide strategic decisions, and what motivates him to serve the most marginalized.

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Looking For Equity After COVID-19? Prioritize African Women

COVID-19 has presented not only a health crisis but a burgeoning economic catastrophe as well. A recent McKinsey report notes that in 2020, African economies could experience a catastrophic loss from $90 billion to $200 billion, a 3–8% drop in GDP growth, and delayed or reduced foreign direct investment. Such a massive hit will require immense resources and focus at a continental level, as well as data-driven, gender-sensitive solutions at the local level. Emerging evidence suggests that women will disproportionately suffer the economic impacts of COVID-19.

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Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon and EduQuality Manager Renee McAlpin discuss Education during COVID-19

Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon and Opporunity EduQuality Manager Renee McAlpin joined the annual Ideagen Global Innovation Summit to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on education thus far, the challenges ahead, and the importance of coming together during a critical time in human history. Ideagen is a thought-leadership organization based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on building and enhancing cross-sector collaboration between nonprofit, corporate, and public sector entities for collective impact.

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Survive to Thrive

Founder of Soul of Finance Larry Reed interviewed Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon to discuss how Opportunity is pivoting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Soul of Finance explores how the financial industry and philanthropic values intersect.

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COVID-19 Threatens the Microfinance Sector and the Livelihoods of Those We Serve

"Over the past couple of months, we have seen unprecedented coordination among investors, donors, and other industry actors all seeking to support the [base of the economic pyramid] and the institutions that serve them. We are building a coalition so that these institutions that serve the poor with financial services also have a voice in the COVID-19 response." - Center for Financial Inclusion

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Princess Anne Opens Up About Her Lifetime as a Royal

We had the great honor to meet Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne this past November in Chicago and experience her palpable enthusiasm for Opportunity International’s work. We’re so grateful for her long-time patronage of Opportunity International UK, which was mentioned in the cover story of Vanity Fair's May 2020 issue about the Princess. As she looks towards her 70th birthday this year, the article explores an in-depth look at her life as a Royal, and her commitment as a philanthropist to serve the most marginalized people—especially women and children.

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Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon joins Cisco and Ideagen to discuss COVID-19 Response

Opportunity’s CEO Atul Tandon and Deputy Director of Cisco Foundation Charu Adesnik were featured on LinkedIn Live with Ideagen to discuss updates from the field, maintaining hope during COVID-19, and how technology is helping us support and prepare the most marginalized. Host George Sifakis, Global CEO of Ideagen, led the conversation. Ideagen is a thought-leadership organization based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on building and enhancing cross-sector collaboration between nonprofit, corporate, and public sector entities for collective impact.

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Head of Education, Andrew McCusker, Interviews with Ideagen

Opportunity's Head of Education Finance, Andrew McCusker, joined Ideagen® President George Sifakis to discuss the global education crisis, how Opportunity's Education Finance team is designing and scaling solutions, and the top three lessons he's learned that have the potential to change the world.

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Point of View Interview with Kerby Anderson

Host Kerby Anderson discusses Opportunity International's mission with Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon.

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Outcomes Magazine

Inspiring Generosity

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AIB

TechHub Fintech

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Modern Ghana

Opportunity International Joins Akropong School For The Blind To Celebrate International Day Of Persons With Disability

The Management and staff of Opportunity International Savings and Loans (OISL) organised a 5 kilometer health walk and spent the rest of the day with students and staff of Akropong School for the Blind to celebrate the International Day for Persons with Disability.

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BBC

Jobs for the World's Young

Young people make up 35% of the world's unemployed, and it's a global problem. Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Amy Goldstein, author of Janesville: An American Story, tells us how retraining doesn't always work when it comes to finding people new jobs in the rust belt of America. Rahul Tandon reports on India's unemployed youth contending with a slowing economy. And John Magnay from Opportunity International, a network of banks and micro-finance institutions, tells us why farming can still be the solution for Africa's unemployment problem.

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CGTN America

Atul Tandon on why the world gives big on Giving Tuesday

CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke with Atul Tandon, Opportunity International CEO, about why online donations are increasing.

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Business Radio X // Atlanta Business Radio

Interview with Atul Tandon, Opportunity US CEO

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Business Radio X // High Velocity Radio

Vicki Escarra With Opportunity International

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Africa Review

Partnering for Prosperity

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Huffington Post

Reflections on International Women’s Day

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African Banker Magazine

Leading the FinTech Charge

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Wall Street Journal Lunch Break

Bringing Banking to Would-Be Entrepreneurs in Poverty

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Philanthropy Age

Big Data Unlocks Impact Investing

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Financial Times The Banker

Deskside Briefing and Feature Profile - Opportunity Global

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FOX News, Beyond the Dream

Beyond the Dream: KISS rocks the world to end poverty

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The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2

The Power of Microfinance on Educating Children in the Developing World

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Larry King Now on RT @ 18:40

Malin Akerman featured on Larry King Now

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Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Women's Entrepreneurship Day, Nov 19th, United Nations

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The Guardian

Banking in Africa

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Huffington Post

Advancing the World's Women

Huffington Post

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New Hampshire Union Leader

Fiorina talks presidential aspirations at Politics & Eggs

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The Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation

Steps that women entrepreneurs can take to help cut the gender gap

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Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) News

How Microfinancing = Macro-Change for the Poor

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November 2014

Africa Agribusiness Magazine

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Politico--Morning Money

Credit Suisse to Announce Education Program

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WBEZ's Worldview

Giving Tuesday supports women entrepreneurs

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#GivingTuesday

The Value of Giving

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The Sun Post (Minneapolis)

Empowering women in Golden Valley

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National Geographic Channel

Healthy Eating Recipe Guide

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The Economist

A phoneful of dollars

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The Chronicle

Opportunity International rebrands

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Herald Sun

Give a hand up, not a hand out

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NBC KARE 11 in Minneapolis

Local Women Gather to Fight Global Hunger

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Mixing It Up by Sarah Murray

New forces shaping micro-services for the porrt

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Town & Country

Philanthropists: Vicki Escarra

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Bloomberg TV

Women Are Most Underutilized Resource

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Forbes

The Global Face of Feminism

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Cleveland Daily Banner

WRIGHT WAY: Women seek workforce justice?

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Meet the Press

War of Words over NYT Exec Dismissal

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Julia Campbell Social Marketing

5 Very Inspiring Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns for Mother's Day

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In My Community

A sound idea bar

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SoundCloud

Chicago Global Citizen Nights

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Home Maid Simple

Can you live on $1.50/day?

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Mount Mary event aims to inspire future female leaders

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The New York Times

The Opportunity Coalition

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Opportunity International Spins Off Insurance Company

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Christianity Today

Staying on Mission

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Oracle Profit

Financial Opportunity

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WRC 04 NBC Washington D.C.

Opportunity International Banking on Mother’s [VIDEO]

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KMSP 09 FOX Minneapolis

Opportunity International Banking on Mothers - KMSP

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CBS Sports

John Deere Classic - CBS

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ABC 7 News

The Road to Kilimanjaro

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World Pulse Magazine

MICRO goes MEGA: Six Microfinance Experts Speak

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