With 100 well-wishers looking on, Clementine Uzabakiriho and her husband Andre were bestowed with a ceremonial "key to the bank" of Urwego Opportunity Microfinance Bank (UOMB) as the one millionth active client of Opportunity International, one of the world's largest microfinance organizations. Opportunity President and CEO Christopher A. Crane traveled to Rwanda to honor the couple during the opening celebration of the organization's 17th microfinance bank in the developing world.
Crane told the crowd of employees and friends that the oversized brass key was a symbol that Urwego Opportunity's doors would always be open to the working poor and that its customers hold the key to the bank's success. The bank is the result of a merger between World Relief, Hope International and Opportunity International. At the ceremony, acting CEO Todd Brogdon said the bank's goal is to offer savings and expanded financial services to its 28,000 current clients and the people of Rwanda.