Mary is a farmer and businesswoman living in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. With support from Opportunity International, Mary is transforming her life and providing a better future for her children.
Mary was given access to secure savings, loans, financial management training, and a mentor. With her savings, Mary bought goats and chickens to feed her family, and she also bought a bicycle, which helps to reduce her travel time to the market and group meetings.
Before, it was difficult to manage my home, and my children would often go to school on an empty stomach. Now, as a result of the trainings and increased income from my business, I am better able to meet my family’s needs.
Unfortunately, Mary has faced difficult setbacks. In February 2023, Cyclone Freddy hit parts of Malawi, destroying her crops. But with resilience and strength, Mary was able to overcome this and is now better prepared for future extreme weather events.
Business training and support enabled Mary to diversify her income and build resilience against climate shocks. Mary is now able to better provide for her family and has ambitious plans for the future.
My hope is for all Malawian women to be able to rely on themselves, grow their businesses and manage their homes successfully.
Who is Opportunity International?
Opportunity International provides life-changing financial training and services to some of the poorest communities in the world. Financial training and services equips people to build sustainable businesses that enable them to work their own way out of poverty and provide a better future for their family and communities. It was founded in 1971 by two visionary leaders who were inspired to take action by their experiences with people living in extreme poverty. Today, it is a network of organisations giving a hand up out of poverty to millions of families in over 20 countries around the world. Opportunity International goes where others won’t, providing marginalised people and their communities with access to business loans, savings accounts, financial training, and community support—all of which empower these entrepreneurs to work their way out of poverty and build a new sustainable future for themselves and their families.
GIVE (Double your impact)
Help more people like Mary to work their own way out of poverty. When you donate today, you donation will go twice as far. A private donor has pledged to match donations made before 10 February 2023*, meaning the impact of your donation will be doubled.
- For £50, you could help train 5 women with farming techniques to improve their harvest and resilience to climate shocks.
- For £150, you could help provide a smart phone for a group of 15 women to securely and efficiently manage their finances and savings.
- For £500, you could help train 100 women in financial management, budgeting and business development.
Please join Opportunity International in praying for those living in poverty, who are less fortunate in their circumstances than ourselves. Please pray for God's provision for Opportunity International to continue impacting lives and responding to Jesus Christ’s call to love and serve the poor.
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