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Partner spotlight: How One Acre Fund supports Africa’s smallest farmers

It sounds counterintuitive that farmers could be food insecure but small subsistence farmers often maintain just a single acre of land and struggle to produce enough food or earn enough income to feed their families. One Acre Fund was formed in 2006 to support these very small farmers in Africa, who are often based in hard-to-reach remote areas. Last year, Read more…

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Featured Photo: Supporting producers of bird’s eye chili peppers

In Eastern Uganda, bird’s eye chili pepper farmers are producing more chili peppers and connecting to larger markets. OPIC partner and 2015 OPIC Impact Award winner Root Capital, not only provides small loans when commercial financing is not available, but provides training and support to help farmers produce more food and connect to larger markets. With Root’s support, many of Read more…

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OPIC partner Lumos recognized in “transformational business” awards

  Nova Lumos, an OPIC partner that is introducing home solar systems in Nigeria, was recognized with a special commendation in Financial Times/International Financial Corporation’s Transformational Business Awards for achievement in low-carbon urban transformation. Lumos was recognized as “a company whose impact goes well beyond its sector by offering a novel and affordable solution to the acute challenge of access Read more…

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How OPIC helped one Houston nonprofit expand access to clean water in Africa

OPIC travels to Houston this week, where it will host its latest Expanding Horizons workshop for small businesses interested in expanding into developing countries. Houston is also the site of one of OPIC’s early impact investing projects, Living Water International, which used OPIC financing 15 years ago to help some remote communities in Ghana and Kenya drill wells to secure a Read more…

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Featured Photo: Expanding access to healthcare in Nigeria

Doctors at a Cedarcrest Orthopedic Clinic in Abuja show some of the advanced equipment at the facility, which has been expanded with the support of OPIC financing. At a time when limited healthcare has led many Nigerians to seek medical care in the U.S. or Europe, Cedarcrest is providing modern facilities in Abuja and Lagos that offer advanced surgical procedures. Read more…

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OPIC partners pay back: American International School of Abuja

(Part 4 in an ongoing series) In 2006, OPIC committed a $3,250,000 loan to support the construction of a new campus for the American International School of Abuja (AISA), a day school educating Nigerian and international students from preschool to grade 12 in Nigeria’s capital. Last year, AISA joined a long list of OPIC partners to repay their loans in Read more…

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OPIC’s Webb describes investment successes in vulnerable countries

Tracey Webb, OPIC Vice President, Structured Finance and Solutions, spoke on a panel on Energy Development May 19 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she said many of OPIC’s most successful projects have been in the world’s most vulnerable countries. “Over our history, the power projects that have performed the best have actually been in the more Read more…

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Survey shows measured optimism for investing in emerging market private equity

More than two-thirds of global limited partners plan to maintain or increase their commitments to emerging market private equity funds, with Southeast Asia, India and Sub-Saharan Africa generating the most interest, a new survey shows. The Global Limited Partners Survey from the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) showed that investors who planned to increase investments were motivated not only Read more…

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Why emerging markets need more private equity

This week, the Emerging Market Private Equity Association (EMPEA) is gathering in Washington for its annual meeting, generating considerable discussion about the state of the industry and the merits of investing in some of the world’s poorest places. In this piece on Medium, Brooks Preston, OPIC’s Vice President of Investment Funds, highlights some of the ways private equity can support Read more…

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Growing Partnerships and Opportunities: Investing in the Asia-Pacific Region

Workers package raw cocoa powder at the Big Tree Farms facility in Bali, Indonesia. OPIC committed a $3.7 million loan to the company, based in Oregon, that works with cocoa and coconut farmers in to produce a variety of products like sweetener that generate higher profit margins and help farmers earn more income.   By Geoffrey Tan OPIC Managing Director, Read more…

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