Opportunity International provides access to life-changing loans, savings and training – tools that give people in some of the poorest countries in the world to lift themselves, their family and their communities out of poverty. Read Micheline’s story and find out how you can give the opportunity for more this Christmas.
Micheline’s Story – a woman who turned an opportunity into the possibility for more…
Micheline lives with her husband and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of the poorest countries in the world with widespread instability. And yet, with the right opportunity she is transforming her life.
“My husband is a truck driver and away for up to two months at a time. So we would sometimes have to wait up to a week before we could gather the money for school fees. We used to have the same problem with rent. To make money, I started selling cassava and maize flour sacks and buckets, but it was not a stable income. I would often have to sell them at a loss, which impacted my children. They would have to miss days of school.”
Two years ago Micheline started farming. She received training and a loan from Opportunity
International. She now has a stable income.
Micheline has completed financial literacy and agricultural training to help manage her money and improve the efficiency of her farm.
“These new budgeting skills enable me to set aside money for what I need. I no longer sell at a loss. I now take careful note of what pesticides and fertiliser I buy. My crops are no longer being burnt by harsh chemicals. I have learnt about diversification which has increased yield. Since this training, I would guess my harvest has tripled in size.
My children no longer have to starve. Before they could spend up to a week just having one small meal a day, but now they have two maybe three and we no longer have to worry about having to pay for school fees. I hope that my children will be able to complete their studies and go to university and after university, I hope that they will be able to get good jobs”
An opportunity has provided Micheline with the possibility to provide, learn and hope for a better future.
Give the Opportunity for More this Christmas…
An opportunity is enabling Micheline to work her way out of poverty and provide more for her children and their future. Will you give the gift of opportunity to more families like Michelines this Christmas?
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