One out of every two people on this planet struggles to feed and educate their children. When powered by opportunity, they have a chance to work their way out of poverty and transform their lives. For 40 years, Opportunity International has provided the savings, loans, training and insurance that all people need to create a better future for their families and their communities.
About this project
Women make up the majority of those around the world who are living in extreme poverty. They face legal and cultural inequities and are often excluded from the formal economy. They are more vulnerable to gender inequality, forced labor or even violence.
Annie Nyangomba, in a photo above, holds out her finger to be read at the Kinshasa branch of Opportunity Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s one of the few places in the developing world offering this technology, which requires only a fingerprint-embedded ID card to access an account. Even clients who are illiterate or lack formal identification can control their finances, some for the first time ever.
A mother of two who sells sweet potatoes in the local Masina Market, Annie didn’t want to open a bank account because she thought it would be too expensive – that was before she became an Opportunity client. Now she feels more secure and recognized. Annie’s income has risen 20% and she receives business training and advice from her loan officer. “Now I get more respect,” she says. “I feel more secure for the future of my children.”
Your support will help
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, 94% of our loans go to women and 98% of these loans are repaid in full.