International is a microenterprise development organization
providing the poor with small loans and training so
they can work their way out of poverty with dignity.
The organization's mission is to provide a working
chance for those in chronic poverty, by creating jobs
and stimulating business in impoverished communities.
Opportunity International offers banking servicesnot
handoutsto the poor, using philanthropy as our
source of risk capital.
"Our programs are client-centered. Opportunity does not measure success solely on the financial bottom line or number of clients. We measure improvement in financial circumstances and track changes on a quality-of-life scale, adjusting our services and prices accordingly. We want to see our client’s lives transformed."
Doris Olafsen, Vice President, Opportunity International
Opportunity Internation's work is focused in 28 countries
in Africa, the Philippines, Eastern Europe and Latin
America. Serving nearly one million clients around the
globe, Opportunity has helped those in poverty take
hold of their lives and give their children a future.
Microfinance programs like Opportunity's have the proven
ability to eliminate poverty sustainably, transformationally
and permanently. Giving the poor small loans, training
and support allows them to grow a small business and
experience the satisfaction of working their own way
out of poverty.
Find out more about Opportunity International by visiting