Opportunity International – Mozambique

Arete produced four incredible case studies for Opportunity International’s Saving Circles project to promote their fundraising appeal…

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Isabelle Celestina Alberto who has received three loans from Opporutnity International Bank poses for photograhs on her farm and with her children at her home near Gurue, Mozambique on the 8th August, 2014.

Isabelle Celestina Alberto who has received three loans from Opportunity International Bank poses for photographs on her farm and with her children at her home near Gurue, Mozambique on the 8th August, 2014.

Farmers discuss their association with Northern Farming in  in  MasIvingo, Zimbabwe Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Farmers discuss their association with Northern Farming in in MasIvingo, Zimbabwe Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Farmers discuss their association with Northern Farming in in MasIvingo, Zimbabwe Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Farmers discuss their association with Northern Farming in in MasIvingo, Zimbabwe Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms  in  Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

Isabelle Celestina Alberto who has received three loans from Opporutnity International Bank poses for photograhs on her farm and with her children at her home near Gurue, Mozambique on the 8th August, 2014.

Isabelle Celestina Alberto who has received three loans from Opportunity International Bank poses for photographs on her farm and with her children at her home near Gurue, Mozambique on the 8th August, 2014.

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms  in  Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

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Isabelle Celestina Alberto who has received three loans from Opportunity International Bank poses for photographs on her farm and with her children at her home near Gurue, Mozambique on the 8th August, 2014.

Lucia Enacio, who has received one loan so far from Opportunity bank poses for photographs on her farm and with her family near Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Lucia Enacio, who has received one loan so far from Opportunity bank poses for photographs on her farm and with her family near Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Lucia Enacio, who has received one loan so far from Opportunity bank poses for photographs on her farm and with her family near Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Lucia Enacio, who has received one loan so far from Opportunity bank poses for photographs on her farm and with her family near Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

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Lucia Enacio, who has received one loan so far from Opportunity bank poses for photographs on her farm and with her family near Garue, Mozambique Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Women who get loans from Opportunity bank pose for photographs on their farms in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

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Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

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Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

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Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Lucia Antono who has so far received one loan from Opportunity International Bank, poses for a photograph at her home in Gurue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Lucia Antono who has so far received one loan from Opportunity International Bank, poses for a photograph at her home in Gurue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

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Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

Genita Ricardo Lucamua who has just completed her first loan cycle from Opportunity bank poses for photographs at her home and in the market where she sells tea and lunch in Garue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

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Lucia Antono who has so far received one loan from Opportunity International Bank, poses for a photograph at her home in Gurue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

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Lucia Antono who has so far received one loan from Opportunity International Bank, poses for a photograph at her home in Gurue, Mozambique Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (Kate Holt Photo/)

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Our award-winning photojournalist Kate Holt was already in Mozambique on an assignment when Opportunity International contacted us for support with their Saving Circles project, instantly reducing contracting costs for the non-profit organisation.


Kate worked with OI on the ground for three days, documenting the project and producing powerful case studies featuring four women who had benefitted from the project. Kate photographed and interviewed the women so that OI could tell their inspiring stories within promotional materials and the press.


The Saving Circles project helps people in poverty by giving them an opportunity to build their own business and support themselves. The case studies Kate created in the field were able to show people how the project makes a difference, through inspiring first-hand accounts of real women who had been able to save money to develop their own entrepreneurial activities.


One of the stories Kate gathered was used to front OI’s Saving Circles campaign – a DFID match-funding appeal in which every pound raised in the UK was matched by the government.


The story was used on the side of bus shelters across London in January 2015 and was incredibly successful in raising awareness of the appeal and OI’s vision for a world in which all people have the opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose.


The fundraising appeal closed on 26 February, 2015 and raised £6 million.
“Thanks again for your wonderful images and story gathering which made the appeal come to life – everyone loved Lucia!” Jenny Dunn, Supporter Relations Executive, Opportunity International.

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