Help us equip 5,000 families in rural Africa
with the tools they need to survive.
The tools African families need to achieve their goals are
available—but they often remain just out of reach. Without access to
education, technology, tools, or training, families remain trapped in a
cycle of poverty.
Your support fills the gap between dreams and reality. You create
opportunities that change lives.
And when you give now, your gifts will be matched $1 for $1 (up to
$100,000) by the Phelan Family Foundation and other donors—doubling
This spring, help us reach 5,000 people in rural Africa, equipping them
with the missing pieces they need to pursue their goals and work their
way out of poverty—for good.
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In cases where donations exceed what is needed for a specific
initiative, we promise to honor your generosity by using your gift
where it will have the most impact on building sustainable livelihoods
for those living in poverty.
For years, Benvinda and her neighbors faced a gap between the banking
services they wanted and the ones they could access in Mozambique. As
a shop owner in a community far from the city center, traveling to
the bank to make a deposit required a long, expensive journey that
cost Benvinda valuable time away from her business.
But then Benvinda learned about cell phone banking. She discovered
that she could complete her transactions from her cell phone instead
of traveling to the bank, saving her time and money. Equipped with
modern technology, Benvinda had more time to spend growing her
business and supporting her three children.
A simple cell phone was the missing piece for Benvinda—and it changed
Eleven years ago, Violate Matovu and her husband Fred opened Jordan
Crossers School. At first, they had three classrooms with dirt
floors, five students, and no water. They had a vision, but little
else. They longed to be the missing piece for children in their
neighborhood—children who previously had to walk two miles to get to
the closest school, and who struggled to access the very thing that
would make more promising futures possible—but they needed someone to
be the missing piece for them.
With loans and training from Opportunity International, Jordan
Crossers began to grow. Violate hired more teachers and built new
classrooms. Now, her school has 299 students, 13 teachers, 9
classrooms and a dormitory that houses 50 students that live
particularly far away.
Violate says, "It's because of Opportunity that the school looks the
way that it does."
And it’s because of the school that 300 children have futures full of
Martin Mwambujule has always been hardworking and determined, but for
years, his farm remained unchanged. More educated farmers in the area
were beginning to practice new techniques and use better seeds and
fertilizer, but Martin didn’t even know these improvements were an
option. He relied upon sporadic rainfall to water his crops, and
harvested as much as he could to both feed his family and sell in the
local market—usually about eight bags of rice per harvest.
There was a gap between what Martin was and what he could be.
When Martin joined a local farming cooperative and partnered with
Opportunity International, he received training and supplies for his
farm. He was able to access irrigation and use fertilizer on his
rice. Now, connected to the tools he needs, Martin grows 140 bags of
rice per harvest—his yield has increased 1,700%!
For years, young women Piriani, Angela, and Bettina faced hopeless
futures. They lived in a remote community without access to
education, skills training, or the urban economy. Their only aim was
survival—because everything else was painfully out of reach.
When Opportunity International approached them with a new program
focused on empowering young people just like them, they recognized
this was their big opportunity. Through a special youth loans group,
these young women received financial training and business loans.
Bettina started selling grocery items, Angela decided to sell fabric,
and Piriani chose to sell household goods.
Each woman received her missing piece—the opportunity to access the
tools and training she needed to not to only survive, but thrive.
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Because of your generosity, we can create opportunities for thousands of families, connecting them to the resources, training, and support they need to grow their businesses and provide for their families.