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World news on the fight to alleviate poverty – follow innovations in microfinance, technology and community development that are changing lives in developing countries.

A day in the life of Nikson

by Opportunity International Australia

Sixteen-year-old Nikson’s day is a lot different to the average 16-year-old in Australia.  Nikson is the eldest of three sons in a single-parent family living in a small rural village in Kupang, Indonesia. He was only five when his father left, but, as the eldest child, he felt he had to step up and help his family survive. His mother Marni relies on him to help with household chores and look after his brothers, all while keeping up with his studies.  “I am the eldest, so I need to take care…

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Merry Christmas from Opportunity

by Opportunity International Australia

On behalf of Opportunity International Australia, we wish you and your family a happy and safe Christmas. Thank you for your support in 2021.  Warm regards, Opportunity International Australia team

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How a rice co-op serves a community in Indonesia

by Opportunity International Australia

Green shoots of hope Entrepreneurs are an extraordinary breed: a combination of hope – vision for the future – and the willingness to take action can make great things happen. In the countries in which Opportunity works, COVID-19 has curtailed people’s ability to earn a living. For remote-area farmers, lockdowns have meant few customers can come to them, and they can no longer travel to markets further afield. During the pandemic’s first wave, Opportunity partner TLM contacted every one of…

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Meet the entrepreneurs of India

by Opportunity International Australia

Being willing to risk what little you have for a better life is a hallmark of Opportunity’s microentrepreneurial clients. What they borrow awakens drive, leadership, independence and leads to a sustainable future. Our clients demonstrate the power of hope and determination every single day. Buffeted by forces outside their control, from services that exclude them, climate change and the pandemic, these extraordinary women rise, and rise, and rise. We are proud to share their stories. Thanks to…

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Everyone’s story counts: Measuring what really matters

by Opportunity International Australia

As we evolve, Opportunity is moving towards more meaningful metrics to assess the impact of our programs in addressing stigma and equity. The objectives and key results of our programs are often a balance between doing the greatest good for the greatest number - and serving communities with the highest unmet needs. Our health and women’s safety programs also tackle changing perceptions, norms and behaviours in topic areas that are often stigmatised. We recently conducted two studies which help…

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Paying the opportunity forward

by Opportunity International Australia

Kim-Ngan Harwood was born in Vietnam and arrived in Australia aged nine as a refugee with her widowed mother. Since then, she has built her own successful business and supports other women entrepreneurs through Opportunity. Hope, to me, is wanting an outcome that makes life better in some way. When I was two, my dad passed away. The way my mother led her life and wanted a life for me was hope. “My grandparents had a similar attitude. They were pushed down from the north to the south of the country…

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Bringing hope to more people through opportunity

by Opportunity International Australia

Six months into the CEO role, Scott Walters shares his passion for philanthropy and plans for Opportunity. Opportunity: What drew you to Opportunity? Scott Walters: Apart from being led by God, it was the chance to be involved in helping to break the cycle of poverty that still pervades so much of the world. My philanthropic passions have always revolved around changing embedded disadvantage rather than welfare. O: You have a varied background in accounting, consulting, business, philanthropy –…

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Preventing modern slavery

by Opportunity International Australia

Modern Slavery is a major issue that affects people in every country around the world. It is estimated that 40 million people are trapped in some form of modern slavery. Two thirds of these people are in the Asia-Pacific region and many of them are women and children. Opportunity International Australia supports programs in India and Indonesia to help free women and children from modern slavery through our microfinance, education, health and women’s safety programs.  By providing an alternative…

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One million vaccine milestone reached in India

by Opportunity International Australia

Opportunity International Australia has worked with Indian partner, Equitas Small Finance Bank, and the Indian Government to swiftly establish a mass vaccination campaign for vulnerable people affected by COVID-19 in India. The vaccination camps reached 1.2 million beneficiaries in 10 states by the end of August.  “Equitas and Opportunity are working to support an equitable roll-out of this lifesaving vaccine in India, where only 15% of the population have been fully vaccinated [as of 24 Sept],”…

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Opportunity’s health response in India

by Opportunity International Australia

Thanks to the generous support of the Opportunity community, we were able to move swiftly to provide relief to those hardest hit by the virus’s second wave in India. Microfinance institutions provided existing footprints and trusted networks into communities, enabling last-mile delivery of healthcare, support and relief packages. We supported Indian health services and systems to deliver mass vaccination camps, mobile medical vans, a ‘doctor on the doorstep’ program, education, training and…

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