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Ghana: Financial Inclusion for Women

by Opportunity International

On International Women’s Day, Opportunity International Canada launched EmpowerHER, a campaign bringing attention to our many projects that target our female clients. The need for projects that target women is great as women are often disproportionately affected by poverty and have the most pressing financial needs. Opportunity Canada’s Financial Inclusion for Enterprise Development (FINEDEV) is one of these projects helping women to unlock their potential in Ghana.  In partnership with Sinapi…

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Empower HER and Accenture: Accelerating Equality

by Opportunity International

Note: Opportunity Canada’s Vice President of Philanthropy, Doris Olafsen, was invited to speak at Accenture in Vancouver to launch their new internal employee giving initiative in support of Opportunity’s Empower HER campaign.  At Accenture, their goal is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels like they belong and experiences equal opportunities.  Accenture is committed to accelerating equality for all. Accenture strives to model this equality to their 459,000 employees that…

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Empowering Women and Girls

by Dan Murray, CEO and President

This is the third entry in my efforts to journal my experience as I climb the learning curve in my new role as CEO of Opportunity International Canada – a journey of listening and learning.  It goes almost without saying that we must never lose sight of our clients – the people we hope to see freed from a life of grinding and soul-killing poverty. I have met a few clients in the field and have read the stories of many more, and am struck by the realization our work is about far more than a job.…

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Four Incredible Women

by Dan Murray, CEO & President

In this article I continue to share my observations and discoveries during my first few months as CEO of Opportunity International Canada.  At its core, we say the mission of Opportunity International Canada is to empower those living in poverty.  This is much more than the simple receipt of a loan for a business.  It is a journey of freedom where marginalized people begin to lift their heads in dignity and participate in society and the local economy. This is a profound mission. But does it really…

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What I've Learned In The First 3 Months

by Dan Murray, CEO & President

Henri Nouwen wrote: “I discovered God’s preferential concern for the poor…I discovered for the first time that those who are marginalized by our society carry within them a great treasure.” (Discernment, Ch. 7)  Since joining the amazing team at Opportunity International Canada I have been on a very steep learning curve, with amazing new discoveries at every turn.  I wrestle with the tension between wanting to make an immediate contribution and the need to pace myself for long term impact,…

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The 12th Night Concert: What You Missed

by Doris Olafsen & Kim Buller

The Twelfth Night, marked the end of the Christmas season, on Sunday, January 6th at the beautiful Bella Concert Hall in Calgary.  A benefit concert was held for one of Opportunity International Canada’s newest implementing partners in Colombia, Investing Hope Foundation (IHF). Guests were inspired and entertained by many original arrangements performed by Calgary’s own ensemble, Harmony through Harmony (HtH), whose vision is to bring harmony to social justice issues by making harmony…

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Opportunity In Action - India Insight Trip

by Andrea Sinclair

Note: Andrea Sinclair gave her first gift to Opportunity International in 2011. Presently, she is generously committed to supporting our work in Bihar, India. Andrea has just returned from her first Insight Trip, to India, with Opportunity. She wrote a beautiful letter about her experiences during this trip. I have just returned from a 16-day trip with Opportunity International to see first-hand what this organization is doing to help empower women in remote villages in India. It was a truly memorable…

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Winnipeg Dinner

by Doris Olafsen

MORE PHOTOS \"Aiming for the Stars\" was the theme for the evening as 45 people joined together for dinner to learn more about the work of Opportunity. The theme resonated with the location which was the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg. Izzy Asper, the visionary behind the creation of the Museum was often quoted to say, that “Canadians have a tendency to aim for the middle, not the top, but here, in this place we are aiming for the stars.” Appropriate words for the location chosen and the theme…

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Edmonton Dinner

by Kim Buller

MORE PHOTOS October 12th we had a wonderful lunch in Edmonton at the Art Gallery! David Stiller, the founder of Opportunity International Canada spoke and shared the roots of how out of personal tragedy, he and his wife Evelyn took their grieving and transformed it into creating global change.  Larry Reed then shared the model of microfinance and why this powerful tool is the way we are going to eradicate global poverty.    Together,  we raised $12,064 on this day! At an average $166 to impact…

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Calgary Lunch

by Kim Buller

MORE PHOTOS A special thanks to all of you in Calgary for making the October 11th lunch at the Hyatt such a memorable and impactful time.  Together we shared discussion, met new and old friends and enjoyed time together, all while enjoying delicious Colombian tastes!   The great news is that together we were able to raise over $150,000 net!  What an amazing day – and what a gift as all of that money will go directly to our clients working hard to grow their businesses and work their way…

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