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St.John's Vancouver Anglican Church Brings Hope to Malawi

by Doris Olafsen

St. John's Vancouver Anglican Church, The Anglican Diocese of the Upper Shire in Malawi and Opportunity International Canada partner to bring hope to those living in chronic poverty in Malawi.  In December 2016, a dream moved from concept to reality. The dream? To partner together to deliver financial literacy training, access to small loans and training opportunities for parishioners in Malawi. At a virtual meeting held in March, members from St. John’s Vancouver heard directly from Richard Chongo,…

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The Heart of the Matter

by Ed Temple

What if you could go back in time and experience something for the first time as a 12 year old? 12 year olds don't realize all that's ahead of them; they don't know what they don't know. They are much more innocent and receptive. At 12 we can hear, see and feel the world around us through our hearts. I am excited to see Opportunity International's work in Nicaragua with my 12 year old son, Elijah. On April 17, 2017, Elijah and I will experience first-hand the transformation happening with the working…

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Fun, Philanthropy and Fashion!

by Alison Chapman

On April 7 and 8, two of our fabulous supporters in Toronto, Lisa Morgan-Long and fashion stylist Rinat Samuel, teamed up to host a beautiful ‘Drop and Shop’ fundraising event. Women donated their ‘high end’ nearly new or never worn clothes to a ‘boutique’ set up in Lisa’s home, and when the doors opened Rinat was there to style the women shopping. Lisa has had a vision for this event for a couple of years, and due to an amazing team of volunteers, this year she made it happen! More…

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Fun, Philanthropy and Fashion Photos

by Opportunity International

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February 2017 Newsletter

by Opportunity International Canada

Welcome to our first in a new series of newsletters.  Through this series, we want to share with you the inspiring stories of our clients and donors as well as information about upcoming events that might interest you.  March 8th is International Women's Day which makes this a great time to be sending our first newsletter. Worldwide, 70% of those living on less than $2 a day are women and girls, according to UN Women.  The greatest challenge they face is not lack of knowledge or motivation, but…

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Edmonton All-Stars

by Ed Temple

ABOVE: Craig Kalvin catching up with Gerald Orozco (CEO of ASPIRE and our guest speaker) I recently had the opportunity to get to know Craig and Chelsea Kalvin. They were our key partners to make an Edmonton luncheon successful in early November. Craig found our amazing venue (Art Gallery of Alberta) for the luncheon and he put in a tremendous amount of work to help make this event a huge success. In case you had not heard we had over 60 people attend (photos found here) and raised almost $10,000.…

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The Gifts that keep on giving

by Ed Temple

ABOVE: Noreen Ward of the Gift Designers with some giveaways at the “More than a Loan” Calgary luncheon on Nov 3, 2016. Who are you? Noreen Ward owns and runs The Gift Designers, a company that creates custom gifts for any and all occasions. What’s your Why? Noreen’s business revolves around the values of generosity and giving. These values are important not just in the service they provide, but they are values that she wanted to drive the ‘why?’ of her business from the beginning. I…

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A picture is worth a 1000 words!

by Ed Temple

ABOVE: Photos provided by Ken Born for “More than a Loan” Calgary luncheon on Nov 3, 2016 and “Appetizers with our CEO” on Nov 2, 2016. Who are you? Ken Born works as a graphic design specialist with XP4U, a consulting company that allows churches and organizations to leverage the expertise of those on the XP4U team. Ken also has and continues to have a successful career as a graphic designer in the oil and gas sector. Besides his main skill as a graphic designer, Ken is also an avid photographic,…

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Alberta Strong: The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and given back!

by Ed Temple

ABOVE:  Brad Carter receiving “Above and Beyond” leadership award for his support of Opportunity at our “Appetizers with our CEO” on Nov 2, 2016 and our B2B Roundtable on Sept 23, 2016. I have had the opportunity to sit down with a few of our Opportunity International’s SME (small/medium enterprise) corporate partners to talk about their “why” of partnership with Opportunity. It is through their businesses they have partnered with Opportunity to support us in our life-changing work…

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Luncheon results: Thank you Calgary and Edmonton

by Ed Temple

The results are in, and our Alberta friends have stepped up in a big way! Through your support, in Calgary we raised over $75K and in Edmonton over $8k to empower the entrepreneurial poor. These funds were matched by our Board of Directors and Special Friends to make $165k!!! Thank you for your generous support! Your generous contribution has helped clients like Celida Montilla (see picture) in the Dominican Republic. Through a loan, Celida has been able to grow her business to support herself, her…

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