Rise up. Make a way. End poverty.
We’re on a mission to end poverty, once and for all.
Despite the progress that’s been made over the last 50 years, there is still work to do. 1 in 5 people around the world still live in poverty. Families are still going hungry despite there being enough food to go around. Children are still spending their days labouring when they should be thriving in a classroom. And women, men and children are still dying from illnesses as preventable as diarrhoea.
Enough is enough.
Made up of people like you, Waymakers is a movement of monthly supporters on a mission to not just fight poverty, but end it.
SMART, SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO POVERTY
To see an end to global poverty, we need to break down the barriers that stop families from leaving poverty behind.
That’s why Waymakers focuses on meeting four crucial needs: livelihoods, health, education and safety.
Microfinance provides families with a livelihood, enabling them to grow their own businesses, earn regular incomes and begin to leave poverty behind.
Health training empowers women as local health leaders – preventing disease, saving lives and improving health and wellbeing in communities.
Education loans help children stay in school and receive a quality education, empowering future generations to break the cycle of poverty for good.
Women's safety training aimed at preventing human trafficking and domestic violence helps strengthen whole communities, keeping women and children safe.
Why become a monthly giver?
As a Waymaker, you’ll be helping us go where others can’t or won’t, creating pathways to reach those who need us most – every single month. It’s one of the most powerful ways to help end poverty.
It’s effective: Your monthly giving enables long-term change, allowing us to plan and respond immediately wherever the need is greatest.
It’s convenient: A one-off set up process for you and less administration for us mean costs stay down and your donation goes further. You can modify at any time.
Your impact multiplies each month: Our sustainable model involves small loans, which means that after a donation helps one family, it can be recycled to help the next – growing your impact every month.
To end global poverty, we need to keep at it every single day: This work can’t stop. With your help, we can go further than we ever have before.
We’re in this together: And we’re going to see an end to global poverty.
Growing up in a rural village in Indonesia, 62-year-old Kusnidah never finished primary school. Poverty meant her parents couldn’t afford the fees.
Kusnidah married, living with her husband and children in a slum in Jakarta. The couple found themselves having to make the same heartbreaking decisions, with their eldest daughter unable to finish primary school. “My husband’s income was not enough.”
Meals were simple: “I couldn’t afford to buy chicken or meat.” Clothes were held onto as long as possible, and there was no running water in the house. But the biggest tragedy came when Kusnidah’s son Asep got sick. “His lips looked so pale… He went to sleep over at a friend’s house, and then that night, he threw up a lot. His friends gave him water and milk and rubbed his back, but he was beyond help.” Asep passed away, aged only 16.
“The condition we were in pushed me to do something,” Kusnidah says.
Having heard about the small loans being offered by Opportunity International Australia’s local program partner, Kusnidah applied. She received her first loan – Rp.1,000,000 (A$98.47) – enough to buy pans and ingredients to grow her own business making nasi uduk, a savoury rice dish.
With the new business, the family’s income tripled. “I started to earn more money for school, transportation, everything,” says Kusnidah.
My children’s lives have changed a lot” - Kusnidah.
BECOME A WAYMAKER TODAY
As a Waymaker, your monthly giving will help put life-changing tools into the hands of families in need – paving the way for communities to break the poverty cycle for generations to come.
Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible and will be sent to the area of greatest need.
I love that with the microfinance model and the high loan repayment rate that each dollar donated to Opportunity is circulated through the recipient and their community many times over. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.”Nomusa
I have been supporting Opportunity International Australia for the last 20 years, and giving monthly for the last two. As a retired investment advisor, I am determined that my giving dollar be well-directed. I am still persuaded that microfinance, when done well, is one of the most effective tools to tackle extreme poverty.”Keith
I choose to regularly provide support to Opportunity International Australia because the empowerment of women results in the empowerment of an entire community – and the increased welfare of all. It supports the advancement of education and health, the two most fundamental issues to support the alleviation of poverty.”Louise
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your first monthly gift will be processed on the day you sign up, with all subsequent gifts being debited on the 15th of each month.
Opportunity's donation platform is PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliant and does not store any sensitive billing information on our servers. All transactions are protected by industry-standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to keep your information safe.
We’re so excited to have you as part of our Waymaker community! As one of our incredible monthly supporters, you’ll receive:
- A pack welcoming you to the Waymaker community alongside a special gift
- Our ‘Spotlight’ email series introducing you to the four key Waymaker program areas
- A deeper insight into how our programs work and are delivered
- Exclusive stories of the incredible families and communities you are supporting.
Funds will be sent to the area of greatest need. Through your monthly support, you're helping us to go to hard-to-reach places others can’t or won’t, creating pathways to reach those who need us most.
For every $1 Opportunity received in 2022, 85c went towards our programs and operations supporting our work in the field to help families and communities break the poverty cycle.
Yes, all donations $2 and over to Opportunity International Australia are fully tax-deductible.
We will consolidate all your monthly donations for each financial year and send you a single annual tax receipt in July each year.
If you also make a one-off donation online, you will receive a tax-receipt instantly via email. If you make a one-off donation via mail or over the phone, you will receive a tax receipt in the mail within 1-2 weeks.