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Opportunity International: Saleha

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City: Buxar
Country: India
Loan Use: Buying tools and supplies to start a small construction business

Saleha and her husband Mujib come from a remote village in Bihar – India’s most underdeveloped state. Having grown up in poverty themselves, they were determined to offer their children opportunities that they never had. So they applied for a small loan to start their own small construction business.

With the tools and supplies they were able to buy, Saleha and Mujib have grown their business to the point where it now employs seven other people from their community, providing their families with a stable income and an opportunity to transform their futures, too.

With their own income, Saleha and Mujib have been able to give their children nutritious food, safe drinking water and a good education, setting them up for a future far better than they could have imagined only years ago.

Saleha has even trained to become a health leader in her community, teaching her village about illness prevention, health treatment and nutrition. So far, she’s taught local families about proper sanitation and helped 15 of them invest in a toilet. She even established a number of health savings groups, enabling 80 families to come together to pool funds in case of emergencies.


It’s your giving that helps mothers like Saleha start their own business and become leaders in their community. You can help start a ripple of transformation in a poor community here.

Microfinance transforms people who might otherwise be recipients of aid into proud, active and committed small business operators who build their own path out of poverty – not just for themselves and immediate family, but for generations to come. I love the way our donations are leveraged multi-fold through recycling of loans.

Simon, supporter of Opportunity

Article and Photos by: Opportunity International Australia

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