The Opportunity International Network provides 9.6 million families globally with a bridge to financial inclusion and community development finance to help them free themselves from poverty.

THE PROBLEM

1 IN 4

people around the world live in poverty.

 

3 IN 5

children miss out on quality education.

 

1 IN 4

deaths in Indonesia are due to unsafe drinking water.

 

1 IN 2

women in India experience domestic violence.

 

UNIQUE APPROACH

Opportunity International approaches the four main issues – poverty, health, education and safety with distinct targeted solutions.

  • First, they microfinance by providing small loans and other financial services which allows families to build their own small businesses and earn reliable incomes, giving them the tools to break free from the poverty cycle.
  • Second, they provide school fee loans to make education more accessible, and loans to schools help leaders provide higher quality education to their communities.
  • Third, they engage health leaders to teach essential health, nutrition and sanitation knowledge to the local communities.
  • Fourth, they hold domestic violence prevention training to provide valuable education and counselling, and human trafficking prevention programs to help communities recognise and prevent exploitation.

Project 1:

GIVE ACCESS TO THE POWER OF MICROLOAN

Provide a business loan, which includes on-going training and mentoring, to economically disadvantaged women and help them escape from a life of poverty. This program aims to give full support to these women for them to establish their own businesses.

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Project 2:

EQUIP A LOCAL WOMAN TO BECOME A HEALTH LEADER

Equip local women to become health leaders in their community; once they are educated in illness prevention and basic first aid and nutrition, they can then share their knowledge with hundreds of households in their villages, as well as help these communities access the sanitation and medical care they need to keep their families healthy.

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Project 3:

IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES IN POOR COMMUNITIES

Inadequate health and hygiene practices in poor communities mean infections and preventable diseases such as diarrhoea are part of everyday life. Through this program, families are educated on simple but life-saving practices such as hand-washing the benefits of using a toilet and how to prepare nutritious meals.

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

On 25 September 2015, world leaders convened to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They represent the global community’s next step in ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change for the next 15 years. The projects from Opportunity International contribute to 6 of these goals. Click on the goals to find out more.

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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Reduce inequality within and among countries

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Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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