Charity Of The Month: Opportunity International

Opportunity International is a charity that works to tackle poverty
Written by MicroStartups

Opportunity International is a charity that gives people access to financial support — providing a hand up so that they can take themselves out of poverty. 

Today, it supports over 10 million families in more than 20 countries across the globe. 

We explain all the ways Opportunity International helps people and why we’ve named it our Charity of the Month. 

Opportunity International helps lift people out of poverty

Opportunity International was founded in 1971 by Al Whittaker and David Bussau; Whittaker is the former president of the Bristol Myers International Corporation, while Bussau is an Australian businessman. 

The pair wanted to help lift people out of poverty by offering them the support they needed to gain financial independence. 

This led them to form Opportunity International, one of the world’s first organisations to offer financial assistance to impoverished people living in developing countries. 

Opportunity International now helps millions of people across the world, doing so by giving them access to a range of financial services that support them in becoming independent. 

Opportunity International provides holistic development 

Opportunity International’s mission to bring about longterm chances to society, so that the poorest people are able to achieve financial security, as it explains: 

“We believe that access to financial services is a sustainable means of poverty alleviation leading to lasting, holistic development. Financial tools and training empower entrepreneurs to build businesses, support their families and transform their communities.”

The nonprofit organisation achieves this by giving people access to training, savings and loans, so that they can forge their own path to guide themselves out of poverty and into a brighter future. 

Opportunity International gives people access to this support by partnering with local organisations and bringing in experts to help schools and businesses, building on the strong community foundations in every area it works in. 

How can I help Opportunity International alleviate poverty?

As a registered charity, Opportunity International needs the support of likeminded people to help it achieve its mission of ending poverty. 

It needs financial support from you and others like yourself and there are a few ways you can help: 

  • Making a donation
  • Fundraising in your community 
  • Becoming a corporate sponsor 
  • Including a gift in your will 

Opportunity International is doing so much good — long may it continue. 

To find out more about what this fantastic charity is doing and how you can help it, visit the Opportunity International website today. 

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