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 America, and Australian entrepreneur David Bussau sought a solution that would transform people’s lives without creating dependency.
Opportunity was one of the first non-profit organisations to recognise the benefits of providing small business loans as capital to those working their way out of poverty. When clients build businesses with Opportunity loans, they often set into motion monumental changes.
Family incomes rise.
Children are well fed and go to school.
Homes are improved.
Women gain status.
For clients around the globe, these transformations take place every day – beginning with loans as small as $60. Opportunity International provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training to people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in over 20 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbours and build a safety net for the future.
Opportunity International serves all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender.