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Featured Photo: Supporting small business in India with microloans

Entrepreneur Neelam Devi, pictured with her husband, holds a sheet of silkscreened tags created in her small screen-printing business in Patna, India. Once only contracted with clients in their small neighborhood, now has contracts more than 100 miles away. With a microfinance loan from OPIC partner client Ujjivan, the Devis have expanded their business and have been able to earn Read more…

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OPIC partners pay back

Part 2 in an ongoing series Five years ago, OPIC agreed to provide $55 million financing to Aeris Holding, the operating company of the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, to complete a major restructuring that would double the passenger capacity of one of the busiest airports in Central America. Aeris recently  joined a long list of Read more…

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How OPIC has helped thousands of families purchase basic homes

OPIC’s commitment to impact investing spans many sectors, including affordable housing. Projects OPIC supports have constructed tens of thousands of affordable homes for individuals and families in the developing world, from Latin America to Sub-Saharan Africa, and provided more than 200,000 affordable mortgages in developing countries. Habitat for Humanity International is a key partner of OPIC, which provides financing to Read more…

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Featured photo: From an unstable past to a more prosperous and secure future

A cityscape of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, where OPIC has invested more than $500 million across 50 development projects since the country gained independence in 1991. As the first development institution to invest significantly in this former Soviet Republic, OPIC has played a central role in helping Georgia rebuild war-torn buildings, upgrade its infrastructure and modernize its agricultural sector. Read more…

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New video highlights OPIC’s work in Georgia

OPIC has played a key role in Georgia’s shift from an unstable past to a more prosperous and secure future.  This new video highlights our work as one of the first development institutions to invest in Georgia after it declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Georgia faced major challenges in the early 1990s including an economic crisis, political Read more…

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Partner Spotlight: Envirofit Chairman and CEO Ron Bills on a scalable solution to indoor air pollution

Earlier this year, OPIC committed a $4 million loan to Envirofit International, a Fort Collins, Colorado business that was formed 13 years ago in a spinoff from Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conservation Lab. With a mission to develop solutions to global energy and health challenges, Envirofit has put much of its focus on developing clean cookstoves to reduce indoor Read more…

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By the numbers: OPIC’s far-reaching impact

OPIC-supported projects improve access to power, clean water, food, education, housing, financial services and more, in over 100 countries from Asia to the Middle East, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. This snapshot shows the impact we have in some key sectors. From supporting the construction of homes for more than 60,000 low-income homeowners to helping build hospitals and health clinics Read more…

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Littlefield speaks on CSIS panel on impact investing

As impact investing evolves from a somewhat “clubby” sector to a mainstream investment tool, development finance institutions like OPIC are playing a key role, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield told a January 14 panel on impact investing. In addition to accounting for a large share of the total invested in the sector, DFIs are providing a source of “patient Read more…

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A new tool for achieving impact: A look at OPIC’s IFIP pilot

One of the ways OPIC has been able to achieve a positive development impact for more than four decades is by consistently innovating its tools and processes. OPIC listens to clients, and regularly introduces new financial and insurance products to better serve our partners. One of those recent innovations is the Innovative Financial Intermediaries Program, or IFIP, which was launched Read more…

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Partner Spotlight: How OPIC helped one Oklahoma business revive an aging Colombian oil field

  It’s said that if you build it they will come, but when trying to introduce a promising technology into an emerging market, it’s not always that easy. Sadanand Joshi (pictured), President of Joshi Technologies of Tulsa, Oklahoma, learned this when he sought to apply an advanced oil production technology he developed to an aging oil field in Colombia. “As a Read more…

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