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The Opportunity Network is made up of 47 organisations, 39 of which are microfinance institutions (program partners) operating in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central and East Asia and Latin America.
The Opportunity International Network provides a bridge to financial inclusion and community development finance for the world’s entrepreneurial poor. For more than 45 years, Opportunity has been collaborating with visionary partners and donors to deploy innovative financial services, business solutions and training — all increasingly enabled by technology — to help those living in poverty transform their lives, their children's futures and their communities. The proof in the power of giving people a hand up instead of a hand-out is in the 14 million lives in 24 countries transformed through access to opportunity.
The Opportunity International Network is made up of 47 organisations, 39 of which are microfinance institutions (program partners) operating in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central and East Asia and Latin America. These program partners provide loans and other support directly to families in need. Funds to support the work of program partners are raised through support partners operating in various countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the USA. These funds are provided to program partners as either equity, loans or grants. While program and support partners have close relationships, each operates as an independent legal entity. No program or support partner acts as agent for any other program or support partner, nor has authority to bind any other program or support partner.
Opportunity Inc – an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (‘Opportunity Global’) – establishes the overall strategy of The Opportunity International Network, supports implementation of the strategy and oversees the programs worldwide. The global leadership team (headed by the CEO of Opportunity Global, Vicki Escarra) reports to the Opportunity Global Board of Directors.
You are reading the Opportunity International Australia website. The Opportunity Global leadership team works very closely with our leadership team and the leadership teams of the other support partners in setting and executing strategy. Close collaboration between support partners and the program partners occurs through a range of Boards and committees and four regional councils. The regional councils are focused on assisting program partners measure social performance outcomes and train teams to help maximize transformational impact for families living in poverty.
We respond to Jesus Christ’s call to love and serve the poor. We seek to emulate the Good Samaritan, whose compassion crossed ethnic groups and religions. Read more.
We deeply value relationships. How we go about our work is fundamentally important to us. We strive to have our values reflected in all we do. Read more.
The Opportunity International Network is a leader in measuring and reporting on the transformational outcomes of the families our programs serve. Learn more about how we measure impact.