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Client spotlight: Global Partnerships invests more than just money in poor communities in Latin America

July 29, 2013

What do the world’s poor people need? Money is one simple answer, but money alone is often not enough to support long-term solutions to put individuals and communities on the path to prosperity. Seattle-based Global Partnerships is one OPIC client that has successfully combined microfinance lending with additional non-financial services such as education, training and healthcare to poor communities in Latin
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Featured photo: Local retailer supports jobs and sustainable development in Guatemala

July 12, 2013

The Guatemala City flagship store of Cemaco, a family-owned business that operates 20 retail stores throughout Guatemala selling hardware, home goods ,toys and baby gear. OPIC, through a loan guaranty to World Business Capital, supported a $9,750,000 loan to help the business expand. The Cemaco retail chain currently has about 1,500 local employees and is committed to sustainable business practices
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Tailoring finance tools for impact investors

July 09, 2013

This is the second blog post in an occasional series By Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor, Socially Responsible Finance In my earlier blog post I explored OPIC’s contributions to the evolving impact investing sector, mostly by providing financing and insurance products to help American companies working in emerging markets. In addition to these core products, OPIC continues to innovate and
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OPIC to play key role in President Obama’s Power Africa initiative

July 02, 2013

OPIC, which has a long history of supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, will now play a key role in a new U.S. initiative to double access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region has in recent years seen strong economic growth and an expanding consumer class, but limited power remains a major problem, with more than two-thirds of the population
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OPIC partners with Millennium Challenge Corporation for Twitter chat on power investing in Africa

July 01, 2013

Access to electricity is a fundamental component of growth and development for any country or region. Africa, home to seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the world, has enormous power potential, but many of its residents still have little or no access to electricity. On June 30th, President Obama announced Power Africa, an initiative that will double access
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Featured video: OPIC-supported business complex prepares to open in Georgia

June 28, 2013

The mountaintop Mtatsminda restaurant and business complex in Tbilisi, Georgia was renovated with the support of a $10 million OPIC loan and will reopen on Saturday, June 29. This clip from a local news program highlights visits this week from U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Richard Norland, and Kenneth Angel, Managing Director, Project Finance at OPIC.

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OPIC joins USGLC annual conference highlighting smart power and innovation

June 26, 2013

OPIC participated in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Annual Leadership Conference this week focusing on American aid investment and its role in building jobs and security at home. Featuring remarks by national security and foreign policy experts, the conference analyzed how to strengthen America’s leadership in the world through strategic investments in smart power. On Tuesday, OPIC Executive Vice President
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OPIC Board approves renewable energy, hospital projects at latest board meeting

June 26, 2013

OPIC’s Board of Directors met June 13 and approved the following projects: Financing to support the construction of two solar power plants in Chile’s Atacama Desert, by Amanecer SpA and San Andres SpA of Chile, together with the U.S. project sponsor, SunEdison Inc. of St. Peters, Missouri. The projects will help Chile diversify its energy sources beyond hydro, gas and coal and
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Sailing the Seven “Cs:” Unlocking bank financing for SMEs in the Middle East

June 25, 2013

By Arun Hsu, Chief of Party, Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility In this guest post, an OPIC partner outlines a system for determining creditworthiness of potential borrowers that lack collateral and a track record of working with banks. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the key to innovation and an engine of economic growth and job creation in the Middle East
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Featured photo: Finca International supports women entrepreneurs in Mexico with microfinance loans

June 21, 2013

Microfinance group members in Tlayacapan, Mexico meet to collect installments on a loan from Finca International, a U.S. microfinance institution with a global footprint in 21 countries.  This all-women group of entrepreneurs who sell food, clothing and crafts in local markets has been a client of Finca Mexico for 10 years.

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