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Follow the latest media coverage on Opportunity International events, programs, partnerships and successes in alleviating poverty in the developing world.
The Power of Trust in Digital Finance
Featured in Next Billion, Dr. William Derban breaks down where we must focus in order to close the digital divide for people living in extreme poverty.
Voice of America
Atul Tandon on Voice of America
Our CEO Atul Tandon was featured in an interview with Peter Clottey on Voice of America (at 11:20) on the importance of investing in Africa and massively scaling services through technology.
Microfinance Results Depend A Lot On Where Borrowers Live
A recent study of microfinance borrowers shows that, on the whole, their loans led to improvements in their standard of living. But the impact also depended on the region and country those people inhabit. To elaborate on those findings, Calum Scott, global impact director of nonprofit Opportunity International Australia, provided additional insights into the nine MFIs included in the survey that are supported by Opportunity International.
Getting Children Back to School: Lessons Learned from Uganda as it Ends the World’s Longest COVID-19 Shutdown
On January 10, Uganda reopened schools across the country — ending the world’s longest COVID-19 shutdown. Students in Uganda have been out of the classroom since March 2020, and while some schools attempted virtual education, limited digital access means that the majority of young people have not been learning for nearly two years.
Life is More than Wall Street: Lessons on Leadership and Loving Others
With over four decades of leadership, learn how Atul Tandon ended up in pursuit of humanitarian work and speaks to building others up.
Opportunity International Malawi to strengthen rural population’s demand of financial services
Opportunity International Malawi has launched a project aimed at strengthening the supply and demand of financial services for marginalized and previously excluded rural populations in central and southern Malawi.
Locked out of Learning: Addressing the COVID-19 Education Crisis
From economic slowdowns to travel restrictions to severe health risks, the pandemic has irrevocably changed our world. Over the past two years, we have lost jobs, opportunities, gatherings and loved ones. One of the greatest losses we have experienced—one whose implications we have yet to fully grasp—is education.
Ghana's farmers arm against freak weather with crop insurance - Reuters
Ghana's worsening floods and droughts have made growing fruit and vegetables harder, and when the staple maize and rice crops are hit as well, families in the region are left with meager yields of grains that lack essential nutrients and vitamins. Through a pilot project run by social enterprise Roots of Change, crop insurance is helping farmers in Ghana who are increasingly hit by the effects of climate change.
Africa Science News
Armed with produce collateral, Ghana farmers widen Africa’s lending pool - Africa Science News
For the first time in Africa, farmers in Ghana are using farm produce as collateral to get loans from lenders. Charities like Opportunity International under its Roots of Change program are working with farmers in Ghana and DRC to provide financial solutions to poor households through innovations like warehouse receipting.
Purpose Driven Leadership With Randy Kurtz
In this episode of the Measure Success Podcast, Carl J. Cox talks with Randy Kurtz. He oversees Opportunity’s Finance, Accounting, Investment, Human Resources, IT, and Legal departments and joined Opportunity in November 2018.
How to Make a Meaningful Career Pivot with Randy Kurtz
In 2013, Randy traded in a three-decade career in investment banking to serve those in need – first by serving as CEO of the Cristo Rey Network, then as Deputy Directory and CFO of the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority. As COO of Opportunity International, Randy played a pivotal role in helping the organization reach 19.4 million people living in poverty in 2020 and remains excited to play a part in furthering Opportunity’s mission of ending extreme poverty for good.
Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: A Microfinance Network Responds to the Devastating Reality of COVID-19 in India - NextBillion
Opportunity International has built a robust network of microfinance partners throughout India. Our local teams know our clients — and our clients trust our teams. Now, in the face of disaster, we are using these trusted partners to help our clients survive and to deliver emergency relief to those being hit the hardest. In this insightful reflection for NextBillion, CEO Atul Tandon shares his thoughts about the COVID-19 crisis—and Opportunity International's rapid response—in his home country of India.
SME Finance Forum
Opportunity International joins the SME Finance Forum
Opportunity International joins the SME Finance Forum as the newest member of the global membership network. Members are SME Financing experts from 80+ countries who share the common goal of expanding access to finance to small businesses worldwide through knowledge exchange and innovation.
5 faces to celebrate Opportunity International's 50th anniversary
To celebrate each decade that Opportunity has served people living in poverty, and to give you a better idea of what this work means to the people they serve, here are five stories from the people who can tell it best.
Ideagen Global Leadership Summit 2021
Watch Atul Tandon, CEO of Opportunity International as he is joined by Mukti Bosco, Founder & Secretary General at Healing Fields Foundation (India); Laura Hemrika, Global Head Corporate Citizenship & Foundations at Credit Suisse (Switzerland); and Katey Assem, Chairman of the Board at Opportunity Savings & Loan (Ghana), as part of the Ideagen Global Leadership Summit.
National Christian Foundation
2020’s effect on global poverty: 7 ways to help restore what’s been lost
Over the course of the last year, COVID-19 forced many into extreme isolation, impossible work-life balances, and grieving over lost loved ones or altered life plans. That same struggle, for people living at the bottom of the economic pyramid, turned already-precarious lives into a catastrophe.
Harvard Kennedy School
Alumni Q&A Series: Atul Tandon
Atul Tandon reflects on his career and HKS Executive Education Experience. Atul attended the Mobilizing Your Nonprofit Board online executive education program in 2016.
Resilience in the Midst of Catastrophe
Watch Atul Tandon: CEO of Opportunity International & Thuy Vu: Co-Founder and President of Global Mentor Network, as they sit down for a power chat to discuss "Resilience in the Midst of Catastrophe."
COVID-19’s Impact on Education and Creative Responses
Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon joins Global Minnesota's International Day of Education event to discuss COVID-19’s impact on education and Opportunity's creative responses to help schools weather the pandemic.
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”.
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.
Social Impact Heroes: Why & How Mukti Bosco of Healing Fields Foundation Is Helping To Change Our World
Healing Fields Foundation partners with global nonprofit Opportunity International, whose microfinance institution members are trained as Women Community Health Entrepreneurs (CHEs), which was launched by Healing Fields with the support of Opportunity International and other donors. They are trained in basic healthcare management and equipped with a basket of affordable health products. Aided by technology, they offer a spectrum of health solutions in resource-poor communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Point of View Interview with Kerby Anderson
Host Kerby Anderson discusses Opportunity International's mission with Opportunity CEO Atul Tandon.
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.
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.
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.
Education is the most important factor in determining whether a child remains in poverty
Talk Media News Radio
Ellen Ratner interviews Atul Tandon, CEO Opportunity International
Benefits and Concerns of a Cashless Society
Malin Akerman opens up about joining the fight against poverty
Business Radio X // Atlanta Business Radio
Interview with Atul Tandon, Opportunity US CEO
Business Radio X // High Velocity Radio
Vicki Escarra With Opportunity International
Partnering for Prosperity
Forbes International Magazine
How Opportunity International is Working to End Poverty in our Lifetime
Forbes International Magazine
Combining Capitalism and Charity: MyBucks Spreads Financial Services Across Africa
Reflections on International Women’s Day
African Banker Magazine
Leading the FinTech Charge
Wall Street Journal Lunch Break
Bringing Banking to Would-Be Entrepreneurs in Poverty
Big Data Unlocks Impact Investing
Chicago Sun Times
Once on the fast track, he now leads fight on poverty
International Policy Digest
Opportunity International - A Graduation, A Benchmark for Empowerment in Nicaragua
The Children Matter and Opportunity International
Financial Times The Banker
Deskside Briefing and Feature Profile - Opportunity Global
Voice of America’s Africa News Tonight
We are investing in schools and we’re ensuring that schools can scale to meet the demand in their local community and can get every child in their community into school so they have an option to pursue an education
Forbes International Magazine
A Conversation with Vicki Escarra, Global CEO of Opportunity International
FOX News, Beyond the Dream
Beyond the Dream: KISS rocks the world to end poverty
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Charity fundraiser at Lake Minnetonka mansion sealed with a Kiss concert
KEYC-TV, the Mankato FOX affiliate
Gene Simmons of KISS Participates in Mankato Charity Event Before Concert
Mankato Free Press
Kiss legend Gene Simmons swoops into charity function in Mankato
KTOE News Radio in Mankato
Kiss legend Gene Simmons swoops into charity function in Mankato
The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2
The Power of Microfinance on Educating Children in the Developing World
Larry King Now on RT @ 18:40
Malin Akerman featured on Larry King Now
Improving Women's Livelihoods With Digital Finance
Beyond Charity: The Biggest Impact Is Business With A Heart
Women's Entrepreneurship Day
Women's Entrepreneurship Day, Nov 19th, United Nations
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MetLife Foundation Donates $1.8m to Opportunity International to Support Financial Access through Microfinance, Education in Rural China
New Three-Year, $1.8-Million Partnership With MetLife Foundation Will Create Jobs, Transform Lives in China
Banking in Africa
MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: EFSE Lends $7.8m to Microfinance Institutions Mikrofin of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Opportunity Bank Serbia
How Live Below the Line Provides Education for All
The Sais Observer
Three Times Strong: SAIS’ “Global Women in Leadership” Talks Women Entrepreneurship
Fast Co Exist
Creating Access And Demand for Social Good
Advancing the World's Women
Biz Journal's "Biz Women"
On a rooftop in the slums of Delhi, Carly Fiorina beefs up her international resume
New Hampshire Union Leader
Fiorina talks presidential aspirations at Politics & Eggs
The Washington Examiner
Carly Fiorina discusses nonprofit work and faith ahead of National Prayer Breakfast
The Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation
Steps that women entrepreneurs can take to help cut the gender gap
Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) News
How Microfinancing = Macro-Change for the Poor
The Economic Times
What Opportunity International's Vicki Escarra & Carly Fiorina are doing to empower Indian women
When Microfinance Shakes Hands with Education
City A.M. (UK)
Unlocking potential in developing nations
Credit Suisse to Fund Opportunity International's "Empowering Generational Change Through Education" in Africa, Asia, Latin America
Africa Agribusiness Magazine
African Eye News
Bridging The Microfinance Gap For Smallholder Farmers
Credit Suisse to Announce Education Program
Giving Tuesday supports women entrepreneurs
The Double Bottom Line: How giving back can boost your business
The Value of Giving
Africa Agribusiness Magazine
Opportunity International Ag Finance: helping smallholder farmers grow out of subsistence
The Sun Post (Minneapolis)
Empowering women in Golden Valley
National Geographic Channel
Healthy Eating Recipe Guide
A phoneful of dollars
The Ghanian Times
Opportunity International Targets One Million Customers
Opportunity International rebrands
Give a hand up, not a hand out
My Joy Online Ghana
Opportunity International Celebrates 10 Years with Anniversary Dinner
NBC KARE 11 in Minneapolis
Local Women Gather to Fight Global Hunger
Mixing It Up by Sarah Murray
New forces shaping micro-services for the porrt
Town & Country
Philanthropists: Vicki Escarra
Women Are Most Underutilized Resource
Opportunity International Buys Mambu Cloud Banking Software to Support Lending to Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises
Cleveland Daily Banner
WRIGHT WAY: Women seek workforce justice?
Quiet group is changing the world, saving lives
Meet the Press
War of Words over NYT Exec Dismissal
Fiorina, Escarra on Gender Balance in Business
Half the Sky Movement
Mother's Day: Moving the Apostrophe to Help Mothers Around the World
Julia Campbell Social Marketing
5 Very Inspiring Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns for Mother's Day
In My Community
A sound idea bar
Chicago Global Citizen Nights
Insurance News Net
'Thank a Mom' Quilt Offers Unique, Global Way to Celebrate Mother's Day
Home Maid Simple
Can you live on $1.50/day?
London Community News
Kickstarting entrepreneurs by selling the jazziest of socks
International Women's Day--How Empowering One Impacts Many
Vicki Escarra on global reach, impact and technology
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mount Mary event aims to inspire future female leaders
The New York Times
The Opportunity Coalition
The Huffington Post Live
Carly Fiorina and Vicki Escarra Discuss the One Woman Initiative
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Opportunity International Spins Off Insurance Company
Voice of America
Opportunity International says Microfinance Blooming in Congo
Staying on Mission
Opportunity International and Caterpillar Foundation Launch $1 Million Challenge
WRC 04 NBC Washington D.C.
Opportunity International Banking on Mother’s [VIDEO]
KMSP 09 FOX Minneapolis
Opportunity International Banking on Mothers - KMSP
John Deere Classic - CBS
ABC 7 News
The Road to Kilimanjaro
Opportunity International Reduces Poverty for Millions of People Through Microfinancing
World Pulse Magazine