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Who knew that the humble voice note could help lift people out of poverty?

by Opportunity International

Today, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Where the digital world turns their attention towards people with disabilities and shines a light on digital access and inclusion. There are more than one billion people with disabilities and impairments globally. Digital accessibility cannot be overlooked. And cannot be confined to one awareness raising day. Accessibility is integral to equality.   In Uganda, we are providing access to financial service to people living with disabilities and working…

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Reaching more clients than ever before with digital innovation

by Opportunity International UK

Over the last 10 years we have worked with partners like Sinapi Aba Savings and Loans in Ghana, using technology to link clients to financial services and support. Digital technology helps us reach people living in places without access to banks, with financial services, training and products to help them build and grow sustainable businesses.  After saving the proceeds of her business, Imoro, a porridge saleswoman and Opportunity International UK client living in Ghana, bought a mobile phone. Through…

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Success for Refugee Business Women in Uganda

by Diana Salume Aqrchet, Project Associate, Refugee Financial Inclusion Programme - Uganda

New Business for Female Refugees in Uganda Lorna, a 24-year-old refugee, has lived in Uganda's capital city Kampala with her mother and siblings for five years. Seeing an opportunity, she started to teach a group of women tailoring skills that she had learnt at school in South Sudan before war forced her family to leave their country and home. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2022, the UNHCR hosted a Refugee Market Day in Kampala - showcasing products and ideas from female refugees. Opportunity…

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New project launches in Malawi - what are we doing there?

by Opportunity International UK

With over 75% of the population living on less than $1.90 a day, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the word. 80% of the population rely on agriculture to make a living. Farming is an occupation that faces increasing challenges with the effects of climate change. In January 2022 Cyclone Ana hit southern Malawi causing widespread devastation of homes and land. Our three-year project, ‘Strengthening Systems for Financial Inclusion in Rural Malawi’ will provide access to finance and training…

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Establishing Roots of Change

by Jenny Dunn, Head of Marketing and Communications

Farmers play a crucial role in the economy of Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yet without resources and training, many smallholder farmers operate at 40% or less of their harvest potential. Female farmers are particularly disadvantaged due to cultural barriers and lack of access to financial training and services.    Our Roots of Change project sought to overcome these barriers.  Over the last three years we have worked with rural female farmers in Ghana and the DRC to establish…

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When a woman is given an opportunity, she can transform the world

by Emily Wilson, Communications Officer

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination… We work with women farmers and entrepreneurs as they equip themselves with the financial skills and products to create sustainable livelihoods. Livelihoods that raise their standard of living. So that their children can go to school, their families can eat well and they have a secure income for the future. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #breakthebias. It's a call to celebrate women’s achievements,…

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown supports Opportunity International

by Opportunity International

Ugandan-born journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown understands the power of an opportunity. Her own story of leaving a country she loved amid hardship to seize an opportunity for a different future mirrors that of so many of our clients. In February 2022 Yasmin  presented our BBC Radio 4 appeal, highlighting the brilliant entrepreneurial women and men we work with. Yasmin has an incredible story of growing up in Uganda with Ugandan-Asian parents who had to flee the country 50 years ago. Yasmin…

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Ghana's farmers fight climate change with crop insurance

by Opportunity International

Farmers in Ghana are increasingly hit by drought, flooding and pests. Using satellite data, and in person visits to farmers fields to calculate crop loss, Opportunity International can help farmers manage and protect themselves against the increasing effects climate change. Our Roots of Change project in Ghana was recently featured in Reuters, which reported on one specific and very important element of the project which looked at how our agricultural products and services can help best support rural…

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Serving over 17,000 disabled people in Uganda and counting…

by Melissa Bell, Programme Manager for the disabilities project in Uganda

Discrimination, exploitation and exclusion are daily challenges for people living with disabilities. COVID-19 has disproportionally affected disabled people. Healthcare has been interrupted, restrictions cause further isolations and public health messages labelling disabled people as 'high risk' quickly spread fear. Over 80% of people with disabilities live in some of the poorest countries in the world. The vast majority have the capacity to make meaningful economic contributions. There is a vast…

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New bank branch in Nakivale Refugee Settlement - officially open

by Noah Ssempijja, Refugee Programme Coordinator

“We're more than elated to announce that our partner bank, Opportunity Bank Uganda, has officially opened it's Nakivale Branch to the public. This new branch means Opportunity can scale up its financial inclusion services to underserved refugee communities. We can provide financial literacy training and tailored financial services leveraging digital services.”   Noah Ssempijja is Opportunity International’s Refugee Programme Coordinator in Uganda. He manages our Refugees: Innovation, Self-reliance…

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