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Featured photo: Photo of solar plant construction in Rwanda wins Power Africa photo contest

August 31, 2015

The winner of Power Africa’s Photo of the Year contest, this picture shows workers at the start of construction of Gigawatt Global’s 8.5 megawatt solar facility east of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. The clean power project is East Africa’s first grid-connected, utility-scale solar energy facility and represents a full 6% contribution to the entire country’s power generation capacity. OPIC supported the
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Four ways OPIC projects support access to water around the world

August 27, 2015

World Water Week seeks to highlight the key role that water plays in advancing global health and prosperity, and to foster discussion around innovative and effective ways to increase access to water for drinking, agriculture and health and sanitation. This year the occasion follows closely on the heels of the U.N.’s Financing for Development conference last month and seeks to
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Featured photo: Support for wine producer creates jobs and bolsters agriculture in Georgia

August 21, 2015

A worker at the Teliani Valley winery in Georgia has been able to increase production, employ more workers and boost local tourism with the help of OPIC financing. OPIC has supported multiple projects that have helped bring stability and economic growth to this small country on Russia’s southern border. By investing in small farmers, and more modern agriculture production, OPIC
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Focus on OPIC’s diaspora partners: American Wool and Cashmere CEO Nesar Nusraty

August 19, 2015

(First in a series of posts looking at OPIC’s work with diaspora communities) In its work supporting development in emerging markets around the world, OPIC frequently partners with diaspora investors and businesses that are based in the U.S. but have strong ties to their home countries. Along with having a deep understanding of a particular country, these diaspora investors typically
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Featured Photo: Innovation supporting rural livelihoods in Tanzania

August 07, 2015

A Power Africa photo contest winner shows a man in Tanzania sewing at night with the aid of a solar light, which is helping to provide additional income generating opportunities for him and his family. The light, made available by d.Light – an African Clean Energy Finance ACEF grant recipient, is empowering rural families in Tanzania by extending their productive
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Featured Photo: Providing equipment to support agricultural co-ops in Kenya

July 31, 2015

A worker for BrazAfric, a social enterprise that provides agricultural tools and machinery to farmers, inventories supplies in the company’s warehouse in Kenya. Many farmers who produce much of the food on the continent often can’t afford basic equipment. Supported by Grassroots Business Fund, an OPIC client that received a loan in 2011, BrazAfric is helping farmers with productivity improvement
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Small loans, big impact: A look at OPIC’s PI program

July 29, 2015

To address big development challenges such as world hunger, you sometimes have to start small. In Sub-Saharan Africa, food insecurity affects millions, but the solution rests largely with the individual smallholder farmers who often can’t afford to pay for basic farming equipment. Small amounts of financing offer the potential to deliver significant benefits to them and the communities they serve. 
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Obama visit to Kenya highlights Africa’s immense potential

July 27, 2015

“Kenya may well be on its way to becoming a ‘silicon savannah,’ a hub of excellence and innovation in technology,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote in a piece published in All Africa, as she joined President Barack Obama on a historic trip to Africa. “The goal, of course, is to ensure that Africa can do more than catch
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Six days in Georgia: A tour of the projects OPIC supported to help rebuild this young nation

July 22, 2015

(Part One in series on OPIC’s work in Georgia) By Judith Pryor Vice President, OPIC Office of External Affairs I’ve visited several OPIC project sites from Kenya to the West Bank, but nothing quite compares with my recent visit to Georgia where, over the course of six days, I was able to visit 18 OPIC-supported projects spanning a range of
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