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The business of food security: A look at OPIC’s work in agribusiness

Earlier this week we highlighted OPIC’s growing portfolio of agribusiness projects that are helping increase food production and supporting small farmers. Here, John Aldonas, Deputy Vice President, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise Finance, describes some of OPIC’s strategies for reaching the smallest farmers who are so critical to advancing food security. OPIC has seen significant growth in its agribusiness portfolio Read more…

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How OPIC supports food security in the developing world

Over the past 10 years, OPIC has grown its agribusiness portfolio ten-fold. This infographic highlights projects OPIC has supported from Haiti to Moldova to Sub-Saharan Africa and illustrates not only OPIC’s commitment to improving food security, but also the recognition that increasing food production is only part of the challenge of reducing hunger and malnutrition. OPIC speaks of agribusiness, rather Read more…

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Manjula’s story: A look at one of the many entrepreneurs supported by OPIC investment

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week we’re featuring this video of Manjula, an Indian factory worker turned entrepreneur who transformed her life with a small loan provided through an OPIC partnership with Citi. Dissatisfied with her work in a garment factory, Manjula was able to start a small apparel business using a loan from the Indian microfinance institution Ujjivan, which Read more…

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OPIC provides advice to diaspora investors at outreach workshop

OPIC hosted its last Expanding Horizons workshop last month in Boston in partnership with The Aspen Institute’s Diaspora Investment Alliance, which works to help channel investment from diaspora communities in the U.S. into their countries of origin to support positive developmental impacts. This follow-up post from Aspen details how successful the event was in bringing together a large group of Read more…

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Education, the environment, and OPIC: Secretary Kerry acknowledges strides made in Central Asia

On October 31, Secretary John Kerry visited the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, to commemorate the opening of a new, state-of-the-art campus.   Thanks to a $6 million loan from OPIC alongside USAID support, AUCA was able to construct the new campus, allowing the school to extend current programs and serve Read more…

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Featured photo: Revamping education infrastructure in Kyrgyzstan

A new, state-of-the-art campus at American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, opened its doors on October 31, 2015 with the support of OPIC financing. The expansion will enable the University to expand its enrollment by 33 percent. Access to education is vital for economic growth in developing regions. The new AUCA campus was designed to be eco-friendly Read more…

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World Bank says it’s getting easier to do business in the developing world

Developing countries accelerated the pace of reforms over the past year, making it easier to start and run a business, the World Bank Group’s new Doing Business 2016 report finds. The report, which looks at the business climate in 189 countries, found that 85 developing economies adopted 169 business reforms in the past year, designed to lower the cost and Read more…

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Featured photo: Kenyan woman giving back uses microfinance loan to open a school

In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re featuring female entrepreneurs around the world who have benefited from OPIC financing. This picture shows schoolchildren in Rongai, Kenya heading to class Pine Breeze Academy, which was started by local entrepreneur Lillian Alwi. Alwi obtained loans from KWTF, a microfinance institution supported by OPIC, and was able to open the school, which Read more…

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Supporting job creation and economic growth in Asia-Pacific: A conversation with OPIC’s Geoffrey Tan

While the vast majority of OPIC’s staff is based in Washington, the Agency has in recent years established a handful of small local offices to support business development in key regions. Geoffrey Tan, OPIC Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, relocated last year to Bangkok, where he heads outreach and business development across a long list of countries in the region. Here Read more…

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Featured photo: Malian woman supports family with restaurant business

In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re featuring women in developing countries who have been able to start or grow a small business with the support of OPIC financing. The photo shows a mother of six in Mali preparing food to sell in her small restaurant that she has built with the help of microfinance loans from PAMIGA S.A., Read more…

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