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Gather around your family and friends, enjoy a delicious curry, and help break the devastating cycle of poverty. That’s the aim of Opportunity International Australia this October or November with the Great Australian Curry.
Many families in third world nations rely on microfinance to make ends meet. The system of small loans, typically given to families living in poverty in developing countries to build businesses, now reaches hundreds of millions around the world.
Australians are being encouraged to recognise entrepreneurs in developing countries who are working to “swim against the tide and flourish” on World Entrepreneurs’ Day.
World Entrepreneurs Day is a time to celebrate the many remarkable entrepreneurs who live in developing countries and "swim against the tide and flourish", according to Christian microfinance and development organisation Opportunity International Australia.
A charity dinner with four original Iron Chefs from the FujiTV program, plus two Michelin star chef Kentaro Chen and Asia’s Best Pastry Chef Janice Wong.
The original Iron Chefs are coming to Sydney Opera House to support families living in poverty. Hurry! Buy your tickets now!
I met Praseeda when she was pitching a business plan to members of the Opportunity International Australia board in India several years ago. She was seeking funding to kick-start a micro-finance organisation in a remote location in Madhya Pradesh, a location where no other micro-finance organisation was present. It’s a challenging area.
Praseeda Kuman left India as a university student to study in the US, where she built a successful corporate career. In her 30s she felt compelled to return to India to contribute to the growth of India’s microfinance sector – a sector that gives millions of families the tools they need to free themselves from the crippling cycle of poverty in which they have been trapped for generations.
There is daily media debate about the leadership qualities of the US President, Australian Prime Minister and leaders of ASX 100 companies and a plethora of league tables of the Top 10 leaders in various sectors and economies. However, I am privileged to have worked with two remarkable leaders who will probably never make it into a league table but who demonstrate what I believe are exceptional leadership qualities.
The highly anticipated Iron Chef All Stars Dinner is back to offer guests an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime dining experience with famous chefs from all corners of the world.
Photographer and graphic designer Rick Carter is a bit of a wanderer – and he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I have always been addicted to travelling and it was during an adventure that I fell in love with photography and the beauty of capturing cultures and their people.” It was during one of his adventures that inspiration struck. “I was in India photographing the work of Opportunity International Australia, who provide small loans to impoverished women,” he says. “It was here in the urban slums and rural villages that my wife Annette and I met these women and discovered their extraordinary traditional artisanal skills.”
"Opportunity provides immense hope to the families it serves. Hope leads to self-respect. When I visited some of Opportunity’s loan recipients in India, I was moved by the huge lift in self-respect experienced by them. We know and almost take for granted, that the small loans help them build businesses and earn regular incomes. But until that point I hadn’t realised that Opportunity was being culturally and socially revolutionary. And that through this, the families Opportunity serves experience an abundance of hope." Peter Cadwallader, Opportunity Council member
People often ask me: “What is poverty?” Is the face of poverty the 767 million people around the world who live on less than US$1.90 a day? Or is it much more than a low income? Poverty means you have limited access to your basic needs, such as nutritious food, clean water, healthcare and education. You are also more likely to experience hunger and poor sanitation and develop preventable illnesses, diminishing your capacity to work. As this cycle repeats itself, it is clear to see why families living in poverty struggle to survive.
One Another is an amazing online store working hard to provide unique handmade goods crafted by disadvantaged women in developing countries, acting on the principle that behind every one of its products there is a person and a story. The concept of One Another was born when partners Rick and Annette Carter were travelling through India with not-for-profit group Opportunity International Australia – the pair was inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of local women they had met, and they wanted to make a tangible difference to these lives.