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Educate Leaders

Empowered with new skills and confidence, people living in poor communities are able to become local leaders, bringing about positive change. By investing in leadership, you can help increase a community’s self-sufficiency for years to come.

About this project

There are many people around the world waiting for small loans. But in order to reach these families with a hand up, local leaders require training. Equipped with new skills, they can identify families who may benefit from a small loan, walking beside them as they begin their journeys out of poverty. All of Opportunity’s programs utilise local staff – because have the best understanding of the needs of their area.

In the same way, training is key for people to make the most of small loans – especially for those who have had limited education. In Ghana, a trade apprenticeship program is offering new opportunities for disadvantaged youths like Kofi (pictured left), training them in anything from mechanics to hairdressing. With their new skills, they are able to start their own business and work towards a future of security for the next generation.

Similarly, our edufinance (Education Finance) program supports school proprietors in expanding classrooms, hiring more teachers, serving more students and improving the quality of education for more than 600,000 students. We have also enabled families to pay for school tuition, uniforms and supplies with the help of School Fee loans. When children and schools thrive, it spurs economic growth in the entire community that breaks the cycle of poverty and transforms lives for generations to come.

Your Support Will Help

By focusing on the leadership of a community, your giving can help:
  • Train loan officers and create leaders in microfinance
  • Grow and refine programs to ensure they’re sustainable and meeting people’s needs
  • Empower young people to learn a trade so they can earn a regular income
  • Keep more children in quality classrooms around the world using the financial products and services that we already deliver.

Funding will be directed to the area of greatest need within the proposed program. Sometimes programs may change in scope and in this case, Opportunity may redirect funding to a suitable alternative program.