Opportunity International

Empowering People to Combat Poverty

Opportunity International is a global non-profit that has been empowering people to work their way out of poverty for 52 years. Opportunity provides 18.7 million people with innovative financial resources, training, and support to grow their small businesses and send their children to school. Opportunity International released more than $2.6 billion in capital across 30 countries in 2022. In 2018, Opportunity International partnered with Africa HR Solutions.

About Opportunity

Opportunity International is a longstanding global non-profit dedicated to lifting individuals out of poverty. They made a profound impact for over half a century with their mission centered on empowering individuals through financial resources and education. Opportunity International has reached an impressive 18.7 million people worldwide, facilitating the growth of small businesses and fostering access to education for countless children. As a USAID-funded NGO, Opportunity International’s efforts are bolstered by strategic partnerships and support aimed at ending extreme global poverty.

About USAID

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is a key governmental organization focused on global development and humanitarian assistance. Established in 1961, USAID operates under the U.S. State Department and is responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance. Its primary goal is to promote sustainable development and address humanitarian crises worldwide. USAID works in partnership with governments, NGOs, businesses, and local communities to tackle a range of challenges, including poverty, disease, food insecurity, and environmental degradation.

The Challenge

As Opportunity International sought to expand their operations in Africa, they faced several key challenges. With their commitment to serving underprivileged communities, they needed a partner who could effectively navigate the complexities of establishing operations in multiple countries. They sought a PEO firm that understood their mission and could provide seamless onboarding processes, ensure compliance with local regulations, and deliver comprehensive employee benefits. Additionally, Opportunity International required a partner capable of scaling their operations efficiently to support their continued growth.

Opportunity International Educational Finance

The Solution:

In response to Opportunity International’s needs, Africa HR Solutions provided a customized solution that aligned with their expansion goals and mission. Leveraging our expertise in Employer of Record (EOR) services, we became the reliable partner Opportunity International needed. We seamlessly managed the onboarding process across multiple African countries, ensuring compliance with local regulations and mitigating legal complexities. Our dedicated team worked closely with Opportunity International to tailor our services to their specific needs, allowing them to focus on their core activities.

Moreover, our expertise in navigating local regulations and compliance requirements ensured that Opportunity International remained in good standing across all their African operations. By handling critical responsibilities such as payroll management, tax compliance, and legal adherence, we allowed Opportunity International to concentrate on expanding their microfinance initiatives and making a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals in need. The streamlined and compliant operations provided by Africa HR Solutions enabled Opportunity International to fulfill their mission more effectively.

Impact

The partnership between Opportunity International and Africa HR Solutions yielded a significant impact. Through our collaborative efforts, Opportunity International successfully onboarded 39 employees across multiple African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. By entrusting us with the management of comprehensive employee benefits such as medical insurance, group personal accident coverage, Workmen’s Compensation, and pension plans, Opportunity International created a supportive work environment that enhanced employee satisfaction and well-being. This, in turn, empowered their workforce to be more dedicated and engaged in their mission to alleviate poverty through microfinance.

The Conclusion

Opportunity International’s unwavering dedication to empowering small businesses and families in low-resource communities serves as a profound inspiration for Africa HR Solutions. The alignment of our shared values and mission not only strengthens the synergistic relationship we have nurtured with Opportunity International but also reflects our collective drive to promote transformative change and shape a brighter future for all.

By seamlessly managing the onboarding process, providing comprehensive employee benefits, and ensuring compliance with local regulations, we have empowered Opportunity International to focus on their core mission so they could, in turn, enable the less privileged to seize opportunities, overcome challenges, and improve their lives.

GRANT GERAGHTY - Africa HR Team

GRANT GERAGHTY

HEAD OF CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

Grant Geraghty is the longest-serving member of the Africa HR team. This resident subject matter expert and client champion is responsible for gaining a deep understanding of our clients’ unique HR needs in Africa and providing tailored solutions that align with their business objectives. Grant collaborates closely with our clients to ensure that their requirements are properly implemented, providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the process.

Grant brings a wealth of experience to his role, having served as Africa HR’s longest-serving employee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Economics and Business Finance, from the University of Natal in South Africa. Additionally, he has completed a certification program in Payroll and Tax Administration from the University of Cape Town, further enhancing his expertise in HR operations and compliance.

His commitment to delivering exceptional service and his extensive knowledge of HR in Africa make him an invaluable member of the Africa HR team.

KEVINA TAKOORDYAL Africa HR Team

KEVINA TAKOORDYAL

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General, PMP Certified, and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with more than 20 years of proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry, and Heath Care Industry. In Senior leadership roles with an international footprint across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross-functional skills. Kevina also serves on a few Boards, Non-Independent Executive at MioD and for NGOs on a voluntary basis, a coach and mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.

Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment to uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through a highly engaged – diverse team, and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation.

Kevina serves as Project Assessor for the National Youth upskilling program. She has been recognized as Global Talent in a few companies, Ceridian, and International SOS Ltd whereby she has been awarded a few scholarships and had the opportunity to be mentored by Senior Vice President in the US. Award Winner in various fields and at a national level and recognized including Super Achiever Leader Award in Africa in 2016, Awarded Africa Women Leader 2018.

VILOSHNA PACKIRY POULLE​

VILOSHNA PACKIRY POULLE

Head of Finance & Business Support

Viloshna is an experienced finance professional with 18 years of expertise in strategic financial planning, financial analysis, cash flow management, systems and controls implementation, financial reporting, and continuous process improvements. She currently serves as Head of Finance & Business Support, where she has successfully automated and leveraged the financial reporting system capabilities to ensure efficient company operations.

Viloshna’s background includes senior roles in a multinational pharmaceutical company and a large listed Mauritian conglomerate. Her meticulous attention to detail and strategic thinking have streamlined financial processes, making her a valuable addition to any finance team. Viloshna is a qualified finance professional with an FCCA qualification and an MBA, bringing valuable expertise to any organization.

In her current role, Viloshna leads the company’s Treasury and Payments function, including the fulfillment of the company’s cross-border payments into Africa. With her strong educational background and extensive experience, Viloshna consistently demonstrates her ability to optimize financial operations, minimize risks, and improve profitability. Her expertise in financial reporting and process improvements make her a valuable asset to any organization.

MARK DU PREEZ​

MARK DU PREEZ

Head of Legal & Compliance

A qualified lawyer who joined Africa HR Solutions in July 2020, Mark Du Preez has experience working in private practice for a reputable law firm in South Africa. He also played commercially focused roles at a leading private bank, wealth management company, and outsourcing firm in South Africa and Mauritius.

Mark has played a pivotal role in Africa HR Solution’s risk mitigation strategy, which positively impacted P&L performance over the years.

He currently leads the Partnerships function of the company including relationships and oversight with in-country partners (ICPs) across Africa.

Alex Daruty - Africa HR Team

ALEX DARUTY

Head of Commercial

Alex has more than 15 years of experience in the global, strategic development of both enterprise and consumer brands in categories including technology, transport, enterprise software, entertainment, and travel.

With experience in roles on both agency and corporate side, he has worked across international brands and has led the development and execution of multi-discipline campaigns across EMEA, NORAM and Asia Pacific.

His focus is on driving meaningful business impact through brand differentiation and building high-functioning, digitally oriented, and analytically driven capabilities. He is motivated by working with, and developing dynamic people, teams, and organizations.

He leads, manages, develops and mentors the Key Account Management department, including line management responsibility for the team of Key Account Managers and Key Account Administrator who represent the Company as the primary communication link between all relevant stakeholders, including clients, third party in-country partners and internal functions.

Originally from Mauritius, he holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Finance and Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.