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COVID-19 is the rainy day Elizabeth has been saving for

by Jenny Dunn, Communications Manager

Elizabeth is a fabric trader in Ghana.  With a loan and financial training support from our partner organisation Sinapi Aba, she had grown her business and increased her income which allowed her to build a house and provide for her family.  But like all of us, COVID-19 has affected every aspect of her life, particularly her business. With four children to feed, it has been a challenging time.    Thankfully Elizabeth had savings put aside for a rainy day.  Today is that rainy day.    “As…

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Supporting our clients during a global pandemic

by Jenny Dunn, Communications Manager

Every community in the world has been effected by COVID-19.  For all of us life has changed dramatically. We are working tirelessly with our partners on the ground to best support our clients at this time.  The challenges of lockdowns and social distancing mean we have to do things differently and adapt our projects.  Your support is helping us do this, ensuring that our clients can still provide for their family and build a secure future.  One such project is ‘Roots of Change’ in Ghana and…

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Connecting People to our Cause

by Kate Brockie - Reflections from an Opportunity International UK volunteer two-years on.

In 2018, the Opportunity International UK (OIUK) office in Oxford temporarily adopted me into their team over the summer. I was two years into an undergraduate degree, grappling with the global challenges I was learning about and struggling to imagine how such overwhelming poverty around the world could be alleviated sustainably. I started researching microcredit, financial inclusion, and models of poverty alleviation that didn’t offer pity but empowerment and hope. A hand up, not a handout. Opportunity…

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An Unshakeable Entrepreneurial Spirit

by Jenny Dunn, Communications Manager

Akua had a thriving hairdressing salon in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Since December 2019 she had been growing her business through a small loan and applying the knowledge and skills gained from our financial training programme. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  With many customers staying at home as a result, Akua’s income dropped dramatically. She started to struggle. She could no longer service her loan repayments. She could no longer pay her shop assistant in the salon. She could no longer…

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A Day with Confiance

by Kelly Jennings-Robinson, Philanthropy Manager

19-year-old Confiance is a typical teenager. She loves music, fashion, selfies and sweets. She is also a refugee. Confiance fled Burundi with her mother and now lives in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in western Uganda. Her family came with very little but Confiance is determined to build a new life and a strong community in the place she now calls home. I met Confiance when I visited Nakivale in February 2020 as part of an insight trip.  Despite only spending a day together, she made a lasting impression…

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A Determination to Succeed

by Cliff Hampton, Chair of Opportunity International UK Board of Trustees,

As I reflect back on last year I am doing so at a time of global crisis and uncertainty. Yet when I think of the clients I have had the  privilege to meet I am full of hope. On visits to Rwanda and Uganda earlier this year, I met clients from a poor rural community who were so grateful for our support despite facing many challenges and hardships in recent times. It was clear that these men and women were ambitious and determined to succeed but had lacked the financial help to grow their…

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Refugees go behind the camera to tell their story

by Mandy Burrows, Senior Programme Manager

Next Saturday 20th June is World Refugee Day. It is a day to remember the courage and resilience of the millions of people who are being forcibly displaced from their homes and having to rebuild their lives from scratch. Last year, we began a four year project in Uganda which works in two of the country’s refugee settlements.  The project will provide over 20,000 refugee families with the financial tools and training they need to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and work for a better future.…

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Hands up for hand sanitiser!

by Jenny Dunn, Communications Manager

“If life gives you a lemon, make a lemonade” - this is the attitude of Diana Anane, a 40-year old  business-minded woman who lets no opportunity pass her by.  Diana is married with three children and lives in Kumasi, the Ashanti Region of Ghana.  We have worked with Diana for a few years, helping her develop her detergent business.  Her business was doing well until March this year when the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic reached Ghana. Like many Diana was forced to temporally close down…

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Farming for the Future

by Jenny Dunn, Communications Manager

Nikuse farms rice and Maize in Muhanga, Rwanda.  She has five children and one grandchild.  Three years ago she joined a farming cooperative where she received training and access to loans through our agricultural programme.  Nikuse says: “In these three years, I have been receiving loans and that’s been very instrumental. My first harvest was 35kg, but after joining Opportunity, I could buy manure, chemical fertiliser and get money to pay for labour. With all these inputs, including labour,…

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What is gender awareness training and why do we do it?

by Daniella Hawkins, Programme Coordinator

When a woman’s status is elevated, entire communities are lifted out of poverty. However, women face many social, economic and cultural stereotypes that prevent this, especially in rural communities. That’s why our gender training for female clients, spouses and community leaders aims to help break down gender stereotypes.  It is the second year of our ‘Roots of Change’ project, that you so kindly supported during our 2017 appeal and where the UK government matched your donations.  Part…

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