Who We Are

Building upon our 40-year track record of success in microfinance, Opportunity International has developed a program to tailor the next generation of microfinance interventions to address holistic development and take our transformational work to the next level. In Nicaragua, our work is referred to as “Community Economic Development.”  The program provides both individual and community-level investments to address sustainable solutions for microentrepreneurs, their families and communities.

Opportunity builds upon the local assets in a community and develops strategies to grow the local economy through the development of small and medium enterprises so that over time, healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities can be achieved and people are equipped to break the cycle of chronic poverty. Once trust is established with the microentrepreneurs through successful economic initiatives, social and spiritual initiatives can be jointly undertaken to bring integrated and holistic change to the community.

Opportunity’s work in Nicaragua targets rural communities where poverty is greatest. Opportunity empowers the poor to use their own talents, skills and abilities to develop long–term, innovative solutions to alleviate poverty. We begin by assessing clients’ talent and capabilities and match these assets with careful analysis of economic opportunities in the region. The resulting assessment allows us to focus our investments on the most promising industries for the poor to exit poverty, which in Nicaragua are tourism and agriculture.

Our work is organized into four investment areas. The first two are our Agriculture and Artisan Support Programs which create immediate economic impact with the poor. The other two investment areas—Community Leadership/Infrastructure and Technical High School programs—are investments in long-term, sustainable transformation at a community level.

6 thoughts on “Who We Are

  1. It is great to hear about people who care for others, mainly for the poors. I had not heard about opportunity in Nicaragua up to now. Congratulations!

  2. Thanks for helping the people from Nicaragua and giving the poor a working chance. May God bless this project!
    Sincerely,
    Diederik Maynard

  3. You should show the names and CVs of your board of directors, the name of the manager, the employees, your address in Nicaragua, etcetera. Who are you really? How can I trust you if you do not show?

  4. Michael Scott Wells / In my hometown there is an oinagrzation that coordinates VITA volunteers and financial literacy for needy families. Although I considered going through with the process of certifying to become a VITA volunteer in tax season 2011 for individuals’ calendar year 2010, I decided against it due to my time constraints. I believe I will try against next year to volunteer with VITA in my county of residence in the USA.I would like to study microfinance in an academic setting for the purpose of applying that field to spreading financial literacy among needy people and uniformed people.I very much enjoyed reading Andrew Stein’s blog about it because it reminded me of my own experiences above in my post and of brochures I have received in the US mail that requested help for needy people in developing countries, even INdia. Also, my Marketing course that I took just this Spring 2011 at a small, religiously affiliated, liberal arts college in Kentucky very briefly discussed microfinancial enterprises in developing countries, especially businesses run by women in developing countries (and) India.Very cool, Professor Stein. I liked your post!

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