A Global Impact
The Opportunity International Network is giving a hand up to families living in poverty in 24 countries around the world. Explore the map to learn more.
More than half of China’s population lives in rural areas, where poverty levels are significantly higher than in urban areas. China is still home to hundreds of millions of people living in poverty.
One of Opportunity International's first loans was made in Colombia in 1975. Since then, we've been working to provide stable financial systems as a way to reduce unemployment, social unrest and violence in the country.
Only 1 percent of the DRC's citizens have access to basic financial services. Fortunately, recent economic liberalisation has opened up opportunities that will allow sustainable economic growth to gain a foothold.
High levels of unemployment, underemployment, and poverty pose long-term challenges to the Dominican Republic. In addition to providing microloans to local entrepreneurs, Opportunity International is providing loans to schools as part of the education finance initiative.
More than a quarter of the population in Ghana lives in poverty. Illiteracy, poor access to healthcare, lack of education and high rates of disease trap families in a cycle of poverty.
With sixty percent of the population living below the poverty line, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America. The nation also suffers from unequal distribution of income and high underemployment.
With more than 1.2 billion people calling it home, India is the second largest country in the world. Sadly, of this population, over 800 million live in poverty. It has more poor people than any other country in the world.
One of Opportunity International's first loans was made in Indonesia in the 1970s. Despite the natural beauty of its 17,000 islands, poverty is an everyday reality in many of its villages.
Opportunity Kenya was established in 2006. The need for stable financial structures became increasingly apparent as the country faced violence and significant political unrest following the disputed presidential elections in December 2007.
In Malawi, 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. To reach these remote communities, Opportunity International uses mobile bank vehicles, ATMs and point-of-sale (POS) devices in local businesses.
Macedonia's economy was very weak following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. While the country has made significant gains, it still struggles to attract foreign investment and create jobs.
More than half of Mozambicans live on less than $1 per day. Within this context, Opportunity International is reaching out to serve the most impoverished working people in Mozambique.
For nearly two decades, Opportunity International has worked with microentrepreneurs in Nicaragua to build sustainable, successful businesses that will break them out of the cycle of poverty.
Peru's diverse population and varied geography is reflected in the uneven distribution of recent economic growth, which has primarily benefitted coastal and urban areas. Almost 28% of the population still lives below the poverty line.
Nearly half the country’s residents live in poverty, unable to afford food, clean water, safe shelter and schooling. Poverty is particularly high in rural areas, home to eight out of 10 poor Filipinos.
Romania began the transition from Communism in 1989 and joined the European Union in 2007, but corruption and red tape continues to hinder the country's business environment. Over 20% of the nation lives below the poverty level.
Though Rwanda has made some remarkable advances since the 1994 genocide, 44.9 percent of Rwandans live below the poverty line. Microfinance remains an essential part of the solution to end Rwanda’s crushing poverty.
With 31.3 percent of the population living below the poverty line and 10 percent of South Africans holding 80 percent of the country's wealth, those at the bottom of the economic pyramid lack meaningful access to formal banking services.
The breakup of the former Yugoslavia and, more recently, the global economic crisis, has left many economic challenges and a large section of the population unemployed, struggling to rebuild their lives.
One out of every three Tanzanians is self-employed, indicating a high level of microenterprise activity. Only 20 percent of the population, however, has access to a formal bank within an hour's walking distance of their home.
Nearly a quarter of Uganda's population lives below the poverty line. Opportunity Uganda offers a full suite of financial services to those living in chronic poverty.
Zimbabwe's 80% unemployment rate has led millions to flee the country in search of better economic opportunity. Inflation, debt and political unrest have destabilised this once prosperous nation.
The Opportunity International team in the United States supports the outreach of programs and acts as a bridge between generous supporters and communities in need.
The Opportunity International team in Australia supports the outreach of programs and acts as a bridge between generous supporters and communities in need.
The Opportunity International team in Canada supports the outreach of programs and acts as a bridge between generous supporters and communities in need.
The Opportunity International team in Germany supports the outreach of programs and acts as a bridge between generous supporters and communities in need.
The Opportunity International team in Hong Kong supports the outreach of programs and acts as a bridge between generous supporters and communities in need.
The Opportunity International team in Switzerland supports the outreach of programs and acts as a bridge between generous supporters and communities in need.
For 20 years, Ana’s survival relied on what she could salvage from the garbage at the Payatas dumpsite in the Philippines, until a small loan enabled her to set up her own small grocery shop.
Several years ago, Menci's family couldn't afford to eat proper meals each day. As a mother, she dreamed of sending her children to school. But living in poverty in a rural community in Indonesia, she couldn’t afford to.
Saleha and her husband Mujib come from a remote village in Bihar – India’s most underdeveloped state. Having grown up in poverty themselves, they were determined to offer their children opportunities that they never had. So they applied for a small loan to start their own small construction business.
Wang Jing Wen
Originally from a rural community in the Jiangsu Province of China, young father Wang Jing Wen was forced to leave his children with their grandmother in his hometown as he travelled in search of work.
When their two daughters, Amina and Drina, were young, Remy and her husband Bienvenido were not able to earn enough to provide them with proper meals or a full education. But then a small loan changed all that.
From a young age, 18-year-old Kofi dreamed of becoming a mechanic. But coming from a poor family with seven other siblings, he knew his parents couldn’t afford to pay for an apprenticeship or buy the tools he needed to train.
The Opportunity International team in Singapore supports the outreach of programs and acts as a bridge between generous supporters and communities in need.
When Marince was a child, she dreamed of working as a teacher, but her parents couldn’t afford to send her to school. She had to help her mother produce coconut oil to sell, rasping the coconuts by hand until midnight.
Panchratni and her family were relying on the sole income of her husband Ajay’s work in the fields, but it wasn’t enough to feed their children regular meals. When Panchratni learned about the possibility of receiving a small loan, she saw the chance to transform her family’s future.
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