Beauty Products Retailer
To escape poverty and a lack of opportunity in her small village in Western Kenya, Felicitus came to Nairobi to work as a maid. She saved up enough money to open a beauty products business and then took a loan from Opportunity International to purchase inventory. A second loan enabled her to rebuild her business after her shop was robbed. Felicitus also keeps chickens and sells the eggs to add to her income, which goes toward school fees for her three children and an orphaned niece.
Today, Felicitus uses her cell phone as a bank, which saves her a lot of time and money on travel. She deposits and transfers money, pays for goods, accepts payments and even receives and repays her Opportunity loans—all while she attends to her business.
One woman...using Opportunity and technology to increase her income and provide a better life for her children. That’s the power of one. Invest in her today.
Eugenie owns a three-acre rice farm in Rwamagana, Rwanda. Until she became an Opportunity International client, she couldn't afford to hire workers during the planting and harvesting seasons, and she barely made enough money to make ends meet. Today, Opportunity provides her with agricultural loans, financial literacy training, a safe place to save, and crop insurance. With her increased profits, she is able to hire three neighbors and feed her children more nutritious meals.
"I feel more secure now and I have increased hope for my life," Eugenie says. She dreams of the day when she will be able to purchase two more acres of land and enroll her children in good schools.
One woman...feeding her family and her community. That's the power of one. Invest in her today.
Ana survived the first 20 years of her life on a Manila garbage dump, sifting through heaps of trash and dead animals to find food to eat and recyclables to sell. Her parents didn’t have jobs, and Ana and her three siblings were neglected both by family and society. Ana knew that if she stayed at the dump, she would feel worthless her whole life. Eventually, she got a small loan from Opportunity Philippines to purchase food, candy, medicine and other goods for her business. With hard work, she paid off the loan in six months and used her savings to buy her own retail shop.
“Poverty makes you dream about succeeding in life. I used to be one of the street children, now I have a family, I have a kind husband, and I have a business,” Ana said. Her story of transformation is amazing, but what’s most inspiring is how her success has empowered her to give back. “I want to help other people, because my heart is soft for those who are poor,” she says. “The street children, when I see them I call out and give them food and water to drink, because I see myself in them.”
One woman...transforming life for herself, her family and the less fortunate in her community. That’s the power of one. Invest in her today.