IN­VEST­ING IN ED­U­CA­TION

Bulletin - - Editorial -

In Latin Amer­ica, Africa, and Asia, more than 2 mil­lion chil­dren can now ac­cess a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion thanks to Credit Suisse’s sup­port of Op­por­tu­nity’s Edu-fi­nance ini­tia­tives. Our part­ner­ship plays a for­ma­tive role in em­pow­er­ing par­ents to send their chil­dren to school and en­abling teach­ers to de­velop low-cost, high-qual­ity learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments. By sup­port­ing ac­cess to crit­i­cal fi­nan­cial ser­vices and train­ing, Credit Suisse helps school own­ers like Regina Githinji (pic­tured be­low) give chil­dren a chance to break the cy­cle of poverty by ob­tain­ing a good ed­u­ca­tion. Regina founded the Rev­e­la­tion Ushindi School in the slums of Kenya with just three stu­dents. Over the last eleven years, she has used a se­ries of Op­por­tu­nity loans and train­ing to in­stall clean run­ning wa­ter, pur­chase text­books and food for the chil­dren, pay teacher’s salaries and main­tain her rent pay­ments on the now-large school prop­erty that serves 80 stu­dents. Regina is one of mil­lions of Op­por­tu­nity clients who are work­ing their way out of poverty and, in do­ing so, are trans­form­ing their lives and the com­mu­ni­ties around them. Dis­cover more at op­por­tu­nity.org.

I just fin­ished read­ing Bul­letin 1/2018, and I’d like to thank you for this is­sue, which was ex­tremely en­ter­tain­ing, in­for­ma­tive and ac­ces­si­ble. It made me laugh and cry – which is a tes­ta­ment to its qual­ity. An­drei Sverchevsky, Im­pruneta, Italy

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