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New Products in Colombia

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International is transforming the lives of more than 25,000 entrepreneurs in eight cities across Colombia with innovative financial products, services and financial literacy training. As an ongoing innovator there are 2 new programs being implemented to serve our clients. Savings Awareness Training for Clients Not everyone can qualify for a loan, but there is still need to gain financial training and maybe get to the place they can get a loan.  In order to meet this need, Opportunity…

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Three new members join Opportunity International Canada’s Board of Directors

by Opportunity International

At Opportunity International Canada we are continuing to sharpen our focus, with a vision that ensures everything we do in Canada will improve the quality of life for our clients and those that are yet to be our clients. To that end, we welcome the addition of these three outstanding new board members.  Their global experience and expertise in strategic business management, entrepreneurism, and public-private partnerships will definitely strengthen Opportunity’s ability to take innovation to scale…

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6 Pressing Challenges Facing Women and Girls - and How We're Helping

by Opportunity International

Women represent an estimated 70% of those living on less than $2/day. Cultural and legal inequalities in developing countries create obstacles that prevent women from starting and financing new businesses. This leaves them more vulnerable to poverty, forced labour and violence.   Here is a list of 6 challenges that Opportunity is helping women and girls overcome. 1. Financial Exclusion. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of women worldwide have a bank account compared to 46% of men. Additionally, more…

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Empowering Farmers to Face Climate Change

by Opportunity International

You may already know that Opportunity International’s agricultural finance initiative helps smallholder farmers in Africa enhance their agricultural yields, household incomes and living standards. What you may not know, however, is that the program also protects both our agricultural clients and financial institutions against some of the key risks associated with global climate change, including catastrophic farm losses. Opportunity International is addressing climate change in a variety of ways,…

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Robertson Bright Inc. Engage with Day of Opportunity

by Opportunity International

As newcomers to the world of Opportunity, the Robertson Bright Inc. staff quickly caught the Day of Opportunity vision, formed a committee and set a goal.  The employee response was excellent and they exceeded their goal raising $2,395 during their month long campaign. Robertson Bright Inc. had committed to a 2 to 1 match for a total contribution of $7,185! An achievement well worth celebrating!    In a brief statement following the 2014 Day of Opportunity Campaign, Robertson Bright’s Charity…

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The “Day of Opportunity” raises $308,280 across Canada!

by Opportunity International

The whole idea of choosing a \"day”, a \"week” or a \"month” was birthed by a Calgarian, an entrepreneur who challenged Opportunity International to think about engaging Canadians in a very practical way – give people something that they could wrap their arms around, personalize and make their own. And that is just what happened.On October 17, Canadians across the country took part in the Day of Opportunity in many unique ways. In Calgary where this all started,  gifts were matched resulting…

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Celebrating 40 Years in Honduras

by Opportunity International

In 1974 Opportunity International's implementing partner in Honduras, Instituto para el Desarrollo Hondureño (locally known as IDH) was born with a desire to help low-income people through business training seminars. In 1977 this evolved to supporting small and micro entrepreneurs with financing for start-up enterprises, seeking to reach the poorest sectors - which is still their DNA to this day. Opportunity International Canada has been working in partnership with IDH for the last 13 years! Through…

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Thanks to an Opportunity Champion - Peter Thorpe

by Ed Temple

Can you imagine walking 10km? How about 100km? How about 1000km? Peter Thorpe, an Opportunity International Ambassador from Calgary, is set to tackle his second Walking People out of Poverty Walk In the summers 2014 and 2015, Peter set out on a trek that would cover 1014km on the South West Coast Path in England. This time Peter has set his sights on completing the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) over the summers of 2018 and 2019. The PCT extends from Mexico to Canada and covers over 4000km. Peter has…

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