Opportunity International

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 2122 York Rd Ste 150 Oak Brook IL 60523 USA

Mission: To empower people to work their way out of chronic poverty, transforming their lives, their children's futures and their communities.
Results: We provided microfinance services to more than 2 million people in 2009.
Target demographics: Entrepreneurs who are working their way out of poverty in the developing world.
Geographic areas served: We have clients in more than 20 countries throughout the developing world, including in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My wife and I have been OI donors for 16 years and have supported efforts in extending banking services for potential clients in rural areas. We also support OI's agriculture outreach program. This innovative organization is cutting -edge in providing financial services in the developing world: Micro finance group loans, individual savings, smart cards and biometric access banking, crop insurance, ag services, mobile banks, cellphone banking, and much more. OI's outreach in sub-Saharan Africa is vast and still expanding. Beyond just finance, OI provides necessary training and support for clients to be successful. Opportunity's staff in the US and on the ground are highly capable and believe in what they do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Support OI's top leadership as they work to streamline and strengthen their global communication network and to grow deeper in their efforts to be client-centered.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

I have supported OI with monthly donations since the 1990s. I first heard of microfinance and OI through a book called "Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger". That book sold me on microfinance, and the integrity of OI sold me on it. I have watched it grow over the years with a business savvy and yet laser-focus on mission that is unparalleled. It is consistently on the cutting edge of technology in finding more efficient and more effective ways to serve the poor, and it is highly transparent and communicative about what it does with its money.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching its years of progress, growth, and commitment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it a higher industry profile.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

its Christian motivation, its focus on women

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Learning about microfinance, OI, and the Agra Covenant, a giving commitment.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It excels what it does, and does only that which it can do well.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I became very involved with Opportunity International through a Board of Governor's member in 2005, and became a donor and Board of Governor's member myself shortly thereafter. I am very passionate about the eradication of poverty. After many years of trial and error, training/technology based models of microfinance appear to be a viable solution and potentially a major breakthrough to economic development in many parts of the third world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting with Opportunity's loan recipients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it non-denominational.

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5 people found this review helpful

Opportunity International takes a business approach to micro lending which makes it one of the most efficient, yet compassionate, organizations in this space. All the money is used to help individuals in third world countries build viable small businesses that create jobs and economic vitality.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I have given thousands of dollars to this organization because I believe in its mission to provide microfinance services to the working poor in the developing world. I also believe that giving loans to people to start or build a business is the best way to help them lift themselves out of poverty. I have seen firsthand the effects of a loan on the lives of Opportunity International clients. With their business profits, they feed their children more nutritious foods, send them to school, upgrade their housing and begin saving money to increase their security. They also take leadership roles in their community and have a newfound sense of self worth. I'm also impressed with Opportunity's stewardship of the money I give them. Every $100 I give is multiplied to $274 for the poor. One reason is that the loan money is paid back and then recycled again and again to help more people. This is one organization that I feel very comfortable recommending to people who want to make a difference in the world. Opportunity is truly transforming lives -- over 1.24 million last year.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of the poor.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting actual clients who have benefited from Opportunity International loans, business training, savings and microinsurance programs. Getting a loan has truly transformed their lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing. They truly have hearts for the poor and really want to make a difference in their lives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help lift thousands more people out of poverty.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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