• Lea used to earn just Rp.25,000 (A$2.20) a day from her small farm in Indonesia. A loan of Rp.500,000 (A$46) meant she could buy fertiliser, increase her harvest and earn enough to send her daughter to school.

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    For mothers like Lea (pictured), poverty is a reality they know all too well. In developing countries, poverty can affect every aspect of a family’s life: mealtimes – struggling to find enough to eat; school days – not being able to give your children an education; bedtime – getting sick from sleeping on the cold floor because there’s no proper bed to sleep in.

    Microfinance is all about providing people living in poverty with a hand up.

    By providing small loans to families through Opportunity International Australia, you can help them leave poverty behind.

    With a loan as small as $70 to buy a sewing machine or seeds to plant a vegetable farm, families are able to start their own business and transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities.

    And with 98.9% of loans repaid and then recycled, more and more families are helped over time.

    By giving families like Lea’s the tools they need to transform their lives, microfinance is a sustainable solution to poverty, creating a ripple effect that will continue for generations to come.

    • Small loans help families start their own small businesses and earn regular incomes
    • Savings accounts provide a secure way to save for the future
    • Microinsurance protects against emergencies
    • Remittances help families living apart access much-needed funds
    • Micropensions provide a form of livelihood in old age.