Opportunity International is a global leader of microfinance and enterprise development, and in 2006 we celebrated our 35th anniversary. The pioneering work of David Bussau and the late Al Whittaker began in the 1970's during the earliest days of the microfinance revolution. Opportunity International continues today through the commitment and shared vision of five support partners and 44 implementing partners throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Together we want to see clients, their families and their communities transformed with dignity, empowerment and hope. Opportunity International is motivated by Jesus Christís call to serve the poor without regard to ethnicity, gender or religious affiliation.
Opportunity International continues to distinguish itself with a culture of innovation, partnership and an unwavering commitment to serve the working poor. At the end of 2006, Opportunity had over 960,000 active clients globally and a loan portfolio of $590.41 million.
Opportunity International Australia is part of the global Opportunity International Network. As a support partner in the Network, we raise and invest funds to establish and grow our implementing partners, who are locally based microfinance institutions. We are also taking a leading role in the provision of enterprise development programs, which are non-financial services that play a vital role in helping clients on their journey out of poverty. In Australia, we have an experienced team of professionals specialising in development, financial services and microfinance investment. Our objective is to build a community of passionate supporters partnering to end poverty.
Opportunity Australia needs to invest $120 million over three years (net of fund raising costs) to build our programs and have a significant impact on poverty in India, Africa and East Asia.