Opportunity International

Headquarters Location: 
Year established: 
1971

Opportunity International is committed to providing opportunities for people in poverty to transform their lives through the provision of Microfinance services.

Education finance programming is designed to be directly responsive to the major issues preventing the scale-up of accessible, affordable, relevant, and high-quality sustainable formal education in the sub-Saharan African region. By creating synergistic relationships with competent partners and scaling up locally developed and proven solutions, Opportunity International’s education finance programming aims to provide children and families the opportunity to educate both current and future generations.

 To achieve maximum impact for both children and their familiesEducation finance programming is developed in direct response to analysis of the current state of education in sub-Saharan Africa, which identified five major challenges:

  1. Inability of family's to cover the remaining costs of education
  2. Low access to educational facilities, especially for Africa’s poor
  3. Low quality of schools at both primary and secondary levels
  4. High risk of life
  5. Relevance of education to real employability

To remain responsive to the environment in which it works, the present approach will continually evolve as programming yields lessons to be used in adapting current and structuring future interventions. Opportunity International is currently fundraising for a planned portfolio of $17 million for it's African Partners over the next three years. 

Areas of engagement in non-state education

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Funding Priorities

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Range of typical investment size: 
$100,000-$500,000
$500,000-$1 million
Typical length of investment: 
Most are for 2-3 years of guaranteed support
Size of overall portfolio: 
$1 million and up
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Supplementary documents

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