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It's An Honour: Greg Hammond OAM

by Opportunity International Australia

In last Tuesday's Australia Day Honours, Opportunity International Australia Board Director, Greg Hammond was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) “for service to the community through a range of volunteer roles.” In addition to the valuable expertise and support Greg provides Opportunity, both in Australia and globally, he has also given generously of his time and skills to other worthy causes, most notably with the Anglican church in roles such as Parish Councillor, Rector's Warden…

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Five Minutes With Kirsty Munro

by Opportunity International Australia

Supporting Opportunity is a family affair for Kirsty Munro, a long-time supporter of Opportunity and an Ambassador since 2012. Here’s how her family is giving a hand up to those who need it most… How did you find out about Opportunity? After years of studying at university and living on a student budget, I felt overwhelmed when I finally started earning a salary. I asked my family and friends which charities they supported and Opportunity was a suggestion from one of my uncles. As someone starting…

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Community Spotlight: Life In Roboaba

by Opportunity International Australia

Here’s a spotlight on one of the communities where your support can make a real difference. Roboaba, Indonesia, is a community of 915 people. The majority of households have five to six family members. Out of the 256 households in Roboaba, only 80 use electricity, 30 use solar energy and the rest use oil lamps. Just 112 households have a toilet but there are 15 public toilets around the village. If you lived in Roboaba, you would most likely go home to a house with palm leaves for a roof and palm…

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Opportunity Through The Eyes Of An Economist

by Winton Bates

It must have been over 15 years ago when I first began making modest monthly donations to Opportunity International Australia. Opportunity is a microfinance organisation that provides small loans to help people in low-income countries break the poverty cycle by starting their own small businesses. It also offers its clients other financial services including savings accounts and insurance. What attracted me to Opportunity the most was the potential for money donated to be recycled to help more people…

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Food For Thought 2015 Wraps Up

by Opportunity International Australia

What an incredible few months it’s been! Thanks so much to everyone who took part in Food for Thought this year – we saw so many great ways people enjoyed good food and spread the word about Opportunity. Thanks to the support of people like you, we exceeded our fundraising target of $100k, raising a total of... $120,562!   This is enough to help give 1,722 mothers like Anupa small loans to start their own small businesses. Not that long ago, Anupa was afraid. Not for herself, but for her son…

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Spotlight on a Volunteer

by Ariadne Sofianidis

In February of this year I crammed into my suitcase countless maxi skirts, boxes of malaria medication and enough Hydralyte to last me a lifetime and headed off to rural India for a month. I began my trip at the Hotel Empire in Bangalore. It wasn’t too different to home. There was a western shower, a western toilet and a Starbucks just around the corner so I wasn’t too worried. A few days later, I and eight other students moved into a small house in Chikkajala, a rural village in India about…

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Now's The Time For Something Bigger

by Ariadne Sofianidis

Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most. Ruth Carter Stapleton For many of us, Christmas is the of year time we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with our family and friends. We sit down and eat turkey, potato salads, seafood and Christmas pudding before opening the presents we’ve thoughtfully bought for one another. However, for families living in India, Indonesia or the Philippines earning less than $2 a day, Christmas can…

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Taking Data To The Next Level

by Kate Saunders

It was more than 35 degrees and I was sheltered only by a tin roof participating in a weekly meeting of loan group clients in a back alley off a main road in Kampala, Uganda. They were talking about how they were using their Opportunity loan. Present were several market stall holders, a small restaurant owner, a motorbike taxi operator, a second hand clothes retailer and several others. While discussions of loan applications were taking place, various forms were being shuffled around and filled in…

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Facing Up To Typhoon Koppu

by Benjamin Freeman

In my time working with Opportunity International Australia, I’ve written about a number of natural disasters and their effects on people with loans. After just one week back in the Philippines, I experienced one firsthand. On Saturday I left with two friends and travelled from Manila to Baler, a small coastal town on the east of Luzon Island. We had warning that a storm was coming, but it was expected that the storm would hit Saturday afternoon and be relatively clear from Sunday afternoon onwards.…

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Focusing On The Bigger Picture

by Benjamin Freeman

Over the past eight weeks I’ve been pushed by a lot of different things. One of which has been learning to make the best of the situation that I’m in. Because of what I’m doing and where I’m travelling, I’ve stayed in places I typically wouldn’t stay in and eaten at places I typically wouldn’t eat at. Personally, these times are difficult. One reason for this is that I’m out of my comfort zone. The other is that I feel a very real sense of guilt about my discomfort. I’ve been spending…

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