You can help a family living in poverty start a small business so they can earn an income and afford food, clean water, proper shelter and an education for their children. Through Opportunity International Australia, you can make a difference in the lives of families in developing countries by providing them with access to small loans (microfinance) and community development programs, helping them break the cycle of poverty for good.
Want to see how your support can change lives? Conchita, from a rural village in the Philippines, has used small loans to establish a small variety stall and purchase land to use for farming. Watch the video or read her story here.
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Damaris, a mother-of-three from Indonesia, makes coconut oil for a living. She peels off the coconut shell, grates the sweet flesh inside and boils it with water for an hour every day. With a small loan, Damaris has been able to expand her business and double her income to between Rp. 125,000-165,000 (A$15.10-$19.30) per week. Before receiving her loan, she was not always able to provide for her three children – now she has even been able to start saving for her children’s future!