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  • Christina Koliopoulos
  • Elizabeth Valdes

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Celebrate Women of the World

Fundraiser Image This weekend, join me in celebrating women on International Women's Day by investing in their untapped potential. Years ago, my friend and mentor Shirley Franklin (who was the mayor of Atlanta at the time) stressed how I - just one person - could make a huge difference in the lives of others. All it required, she said, was the courage to take the first step. Thanks to Shirley, I set out to pursue my passion for empowering women. Last month, my journey brought me to the door of Neetu in India. She shares the same dreams for her family as you and I: she wants her children to be well-fed, healthy and grow up to be well-educated and responsible adults. Because of a loan of $150 from Opportunity International, Neetu's family escaped the cycle of poverty. So raise a glass with a few friends, and take a photo and post it online. Each $150 you donate provides a job. Your choice to invest in a woman entrepreneur equips her to become self-reliant and realize her potential.

Where Donations Go

In spite of the challenges they face, women worldwide show inspiring resilience and determination to break out of the cycle of poverty. Studies show that when women have access to financial services, they have a significant impact on the quality of life for their families, especially their children. Your gift to Opportunity will empower women to develop new roles as income earners and community leaders. With access to transformational training, and critical financial products such as savings, loans and insurance, women in poverty can build financial security and create stability for their families, often for the first time in their lives. Opportunity operates under a model of sustainable success. Loans are granted. Loans are repaid and loaned again and again. As important, 95% of our loan clients are women and 99% of these loans are repaid in full.

About Opportunity International

Opportunity International provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to over 14.3 million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in 22 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbors and build a safety net for the future. Learn More.

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