The U.S. Fellowes team of Jim Lewis, Jenny Schenck, DeAnna Krejci, Jim Absolon, and Juan Aguinaga visited Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where they joined Opportunity International for the week visiting schools and communities afflicted with poverty, but who are also being given opportunities for a brighter future through Microfinance, Educational, and Agricultural initiatives. Follow their journey on their Blog
More About Opportunity International
Opportunity International is working to end global poverty by creating/sustaining 20 million jobs by 2020. We believe that enabling individuals to create dignified and sustainable work is the foundation for transforming their lives, their children’s futures and their communities.
Opportunity International was founded in 1971 by two visionary leaders who were inspired to take action by their experiences with people living in extreme poverty.
Al Whittaker, former president of Bristol Myers International Corporation in the U.S., and Australian entrepreneur David Bussau sought a solution that would help people transform their lives. They entered unchartered territory when they launched what we know now as Opportunity International, which was one of the first non-profit organizations to recognize the benefits of offering financial services for people living in poverty in developing countries.
Today, Opportunity International serves 14.3 million hardworking entrepreneurs in 24 countries around the world. We have big plans for the world: a world without poverty where people can live with dignity and purpose. Our clients have ambitious dreams for their futures, but lack the opportunities needed to make those dreams a reality.
We go where others won’t to give these inspiring people access to financial services including loans, savings, insurance and other financial services and training—all which empower these entrepreneurs to work their way out of poverty and build a new sustainable future for themselves and their families.
To date, we have created or sustained nearly 16 million jobs by giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to thrive. With your support, we will reach millions more clients—and those clients will change the world.