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How to make every day Earth Day

While investment in renewable energy in developing countries continues to set records, “OPIC is cognizant of how much remains to be done,” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield writes in a piece in The Huffington Post ahead of Earth Day. Littlefield looks at the challenges and lessons learned from investing in renewable resources in emerging markets. “We are learning Read more…

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Supporting emerging markets with innovative fund structures: OPIC’s Brooks Preston in PEHub

Brooks Preston, OPIC Vice President of Investment Funds, writes about OPIC’s Innovative Financial Intermediary Program (IFIP) in this piece in PEHub, explaining how innovative fund structures can support development. “In recent years, we started noticing a pattern,” Preston writes. “When we issued calls for proposals, some of the applying funds that showed strong promise for having a positive social impact Read more…

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OPIC’s Dia Martin speaks at conference for African entrepreneurs

Dia Martin, Director of OPIC Social Enterprise Finance, spoke at a panel, Building the Glocal Ecosystem: Bridging the Divide, at the Sankalp Africa Summit February 26th in Nairobi. Sankalp is a gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, donors and investors, and Martin spoke at the event about OPIC’s commitment to impact investing in Africa, and the Portfolio for Impact program focused on Read more…

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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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