Opportunity International is an organization that provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to more than two million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. It serves clients in more than 20 countries and works with fundraising partners in the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Opportunity is a Christian organization whose work is motivated by "Jesus Christ’s call to love and serve the poor," while serving all its clients regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender. Opportunity was founded in 1971 by Al Whittaker, former president of Bristol Myers International Corporation in America, and Australian entrepreneur David Bussau. They established the organization, seeking a solution to extreme poverty that would transform people’s lives while empowering them to financial independence and sustainability. Opportunity was one of the first nonprofit organizations to recognize the benefits of providing small business loans as capital to those working their way out of poverty, initially distributing these loans via the Trust Group model.
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... Erste Bank AD Podgorica (previously Opportunity Bank), Montenegro, was formally licensed by the Central Bank of Montenegro on 23 April 2002, and became operational on 29 May 2002 ... Opportunity Bank is Opportunity International's first fully licensed bank in the region ... Opportunity International, via funding and support from USAID, is the bank's majority shareholder ...
... There is no evidence presented in Opportunity International (OI) publications of summary-level improvements in household income or jobs created by OI's borrowers ...
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