Celebrating the life of Carlos Moreno

David Simms

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David Simms

David is the Chair of the Opportunity International Network Board


On Friday of last week, Opportunity’s first client, Carlos Moreno, passed away. I want to pay tribute to Mr Moreno today by sharing a little of his remarkable story with you.

With Carlos Moreno at the launch ceremony for OICCF, October 2012

Forty-two years ago, Opportunity International gave its first loan. The client was Carlos Moreno, a small business owner selling spices in Santiago de Cali. Mr. Moreno knew he needed additional funding in order to grow his business.

Ten years later, he had sold his business and become a pastor and business consultant. He traveled throughout Colombia and Central America, helping to empower other people. As a pastor, he reached out to impoverished church members, encouraging them to join Opportunity’s loan program. With a simple loan, many of the women in his church were able to start small businesses and provide for their families.

The short video below is a recent interview recorded with Mr Moreno:

In October last year, it was my privilege to publicly honour Mr. Moreno at the opening ceremony for the new Opportunity Colombia Finance Company, celebrating his historic place in Opportunity International’s legacy.

As we mark Mr Moreno’s passing, let me encourage you to take a moment to join me in giving thanks for his example of faith, leadership and helping others to unlock their potential through microfinance.

If you would like to leave you own tribute, please do so below. We will pass on any comments you leave to Mr Moreno’s family.

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  • Lydia

    I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Moreno when he came to the U.S. in 2006. His joy for life and his humility regarding how many people he has mentored and helped throughout his life was inspiring. My sympathies to the family. We thank God for his life.