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The Quiet Global Transformation of Global Development: OPIC featured in Huffington Post

February 27, 2015

The Huffington Post featured a piece by OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield on the transformation of global development in recent years. In the piece Littlefield highlights how aid and investment in emerging markets has changed dramatically. Decades ago, private capital was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the
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Featured Photo: Breaking ground on the largest private sector wind farm in Jamaica

February 27, 2015

A Jamaican and U.S. government delegation kicks off construction of a 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica’s Santa Cruz Mountains. The project, which is being supported by a $42.7 million loan from OPIC along with financing from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the IFC-Canada Climate Change Program, is being developed by BMR Jamaica Wind Limited. The wind farm will
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Featured photo: Logistics startup employs hundreds in Tanzania

February 20, 2015

A truck driver and operations manager are just two of the 248 full-time workers employed in by Alistair James Co., which built a logistics and trucking company with the support of OPIC financing. In a region where limited rail lines and shipping ports makes businesses and local aid operations heavily reliant on trucking, U.S. businessman Alistair James built the company
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Featured photo: California juice producer supports sustainability in the Amazon

February 13, 2015

Workers in Brazil offload baskets of açaí berries for processing at a local juicing facility established by Sambazon, a California company and OPIC client. Sambazon used an OPIC loan to build an açaí berry cultivation and processing warehouse in the country and today its business generates income for 10,000 family farmers in Brazil. Learn more about Sambazon and the company’s
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The story behind acai: How one small business helped make the rainforest “too valuable to cut down.”

February 12, 2015

Fourteen years ago, a business idea was hatched during a surfing vacation to Brazil when a group of friends from southern California discovered the tasty and nutrient-rich acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry. They started Sambazon (short for “sustainable management of the Brazilian Amazon”) to process the berries for sale in juices. But as a small startup, Sambazon faced difficulty obtaining credit. In
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OPIC client Root Capital reaches a $100 million milestone

February 09, 2015

Congratulations to OPIC client Root Capital for reaching $100 million in active loans for the first time in its 15-year history! Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that strengthens rural livelihoods in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. Root Capital provides a reliable source of financing for clients, enabling them to make investments in agricultural
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Featured photo: Supporting agriculture in Uganda

February 06, 2015

A worker sorts through African bird’s eye chili peppers grown by farmers in eastern Uganda for Sunshine Agro Products, a chili and spice exporter, and one of the businesses supported by OPIC client Root Capital. Since 2010, OPIC has committed more than $30 million in loans to Root Capital, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit social investment fund that lends to rural businesses
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Reaching the neediest: One OPIC client explains its strategy for investing in the world’s poorest and most remote communities

February 05, 2015

As a leader in Impact Investing, OPIC helps channel capital to address some of the world’s major social and environmental challenges such as access to education, healthcare and financial services. But to get that capital to the people who need it most, OPIC works with partners like Global Partnerships, a Seattle nonprofit and a major microfinance lender to poor communities
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OPIC at a glance

February 04, 2015

From a growing commitment to renewable resources to support for American small businesses, learn more about some of our major accomplishments in this cheat sheet.

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OPIC’s CEO gives keynote address at Powering Africa Summit

February 03, 2015

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield addressed Powering Africa, the first Power Africa Summit held in the United States, on Jan. 30, where she told a group of private sector and government officials from the United States and Africa that reforms in energy subsidies could help spur investments in Africa’s power sector. Power Africa is a U.S. Government initiative
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