The Global Opportunity Quilt
The Global Opportunity Quilt was created in 2010 by the Women’s Opportunity Network, a group of Opportunity International donors committed to investing in women in the developing world, empowering them to break free from the cycle of poverty and enter a sustainable cycle of success.
The founders of the Quilt passionately believed that despite living in the most challenging conditions, Opportunity’s clients were positive, resilient and determined to work their way out of poverty. They realized that these women did not lack intelligence, ideas or a strong work ethic – they simply need an opportunity to change their world. And the ladies of the Women’s Opportunity Network knew that they could help create change.
The Quilt serves as a tribute to Opportunity’s determined and unstoppable female clients, and to all women around the world who have inspired and given hope to so many of us. By creating patches to honor the women we love, we are simultaneously empowering women around the world to build their businesses, create jobs, support their families and transform their communities.
Thank a mom on the Global Opportunity Quilt to celebrate the women around the world who have inspired and given hope to so many of us. It takes just a few minutes to give a truly meaningful Mother's Day gift.
About Opportunity International
As the World Economic Forum has consistently found, the correlation between gender equality and national competitiveness is strong. Even in the most developed economies, gross domestic product could be increased by as much as 16 percent if the gender gap were closed. But women still represent a strong majority of the estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide living in extreme poverty.
Opportunity's Model Works
Opportunity International empowers women in the developing world to break free from the cycle of poverty and enter a sustainable cycle of success. With small-scale financial tools and training from Opportunity, clients are able to build their businesses, create jobs, support their families and transform their communities.
We operate under a model of sustainable success. Loans are granted. Loans are repaid and loaned again and again. What's more, 93% of our loans go to women and 98% of these loans are repaid in full.
The average first loan a woman receives from Opportunity International is only $150, yet that access to capital makes all the difference, providing the resources for millions of small businesses to flourish and grow. As their businesses and families thrive, these women are changing the world and lifting others out of chronic poverty.
For 45 years, Opportunity International has empowered women and men in more than 20 countries by providing loans, savings accounts, insurance and training to over 5 million people working their way out of poverty. These financial tools and training allow Opportunity's clients to better build their businesses, support their families, plan for the future and transform their communities. With support from Opportunity International, individuals are able to grow their revenue, increase the productivity of their farms and send their children to school. And through it all, people become empowered and rise up as community leaders, creating change that extends far beyond the individual.