Who We Are
Opportunity International is a global nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to build their businesses, children to go to school, farmers to feed their communities, and families to end the cycle of generational poverty. For nearly 50 years, we have developed innovative programs that use financial services, training, and support to address some of the greatest challenges facing those living in poverty around the world.
Driven by our values and motivation, led by a global team of programmatic experts and philanthropic leaders, and in partnership with organizations, supporters, and practitioners around the world, we design, deliver, and scale innovative financial solutions as part of a worldwide movement to end extreme poverty in our lifetimes.
Opportunity was founded in 1971 by businessman Al Whittaker and entrepreneur David Bussau, two visionary leaders who recognized the power of offering financial services to those living in poverty around the world. Today, our vision of a world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty continues to direct our work. We are growing and scaling programs like AgFinance, EduFinance, and other innovative initiatives, and our current strategic plan is designed to help even more families thrive.