Liesel Pritzker Donates $4 Million to Opportunity International to Help Expand Microfinance Services in Africa
Tanzania has a population of 42 million with more than half living in abject poverty. There is a significant demand for microfinance services, with less than 10 percent of the population having access to savings accounts. Liesel will lead a trip for YAO members and other young professionals on Sept. 5-12, 2009 to visit Opportunity's operations and clients in Tanzania and Rwanda.
"My involvement with Opportunity and the Young Ambassadors has changed my life and my sense of what I'm supposed to do with it," she said. "I have been very blessed financially and I have access to opportunities many other people don't have. It's only fair and right that I try my best to share these resources in the most effective ways. I think this is a start."
About Opportunity International
Opportunity International provides small business loans, savings, insurance and training in basic business practices to people living in chronic poverty. Entrepreneurs in the developing world use these financial services to start or expand a business, develop a steady income, provide for their families and create jobs for their neighbors. Opportunity serves clients in almost 30 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.opportunity.org.
About Young Ambassadors for Opportunity (YAO)
YAO, an initiative of Opportunity International, is a network of young professionals (ages 20-35) who aim to inspire, educate and involve others in microfinance and Opportunity's work in implementing this sustainable solution to global poverty. YAO welcomes people of all levels of familiarity with microfinance and of all faith backgrounds. For more information, visit www.opportunity.org/yao.