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How OPIC is helping advance financial inclusion in India

By Iftin Fatah, OPIC Portfolio Monitoring Specialist – Development Partnership Framework Division    Financial inclusion has come a long way in India, but it still has a long way to go. Five years ago, only about one-third of India’s adult population had an account at a traditional banking institution, according to World Bank data.  Over the last few years, the Read more…

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OPIC’s Littlefield on Medium blog: Microfinance, charting new territory

OPIC, recently announced surpassing $1 billion in microfinance support, and has been taking a closer look at our microfinance portfolio. This week on Medium, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield discusses why OPIC’s microfinance investments have a strong, positive developmental impact in host countries, while also performing well in OPIC’s portfolio. OPIC’s highly diversified microfinance portfolio spans than 180 Read more…

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Featured Photo: Peruvian artisan turns craft into a successful business

Peruvian artisan, Inés Callanaupa, received financing through OPIC-partner Global Partnerships to grow her business and is an example of how OPIC reached a milestone of $1 billion in microfinance loans. Callanaupa has used the financing to turn her craft of textile weaving into a successful business that enables her to support her family and employ 45 other women. Many entrepreneurial Read more…

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Partner spotlight: How MicroVest combines a commercial and social approach to microfinance investing

Earlier this week OPIC announced that it has surpassed $1 billion in financing to support microfinance investing around the world. Here, we look at one of our microfinance partners, Bethesda, Maryland-based MicroVest, which invests in microfinance institutions in over 30 developing countries. Here, MicroVest explains its approach to successful microfinance investing and the ways OPIC has supported it.  MicroVest has an Read more…

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Advancing development by investing in microfinance: OPIC’s Richard Greenberg explains

OPIC, which has actively supported microfinance investment for more than a decade, recently announced that it has surpassed the $1 billion mark in financing to support microfinance projects around the world. Here, Richard Greenberg, OPIC Managing Director, OPIC Micro and SME Finance, discusses the important role microfinance places in OPIC’s development mission, and why OPIC financing plays an important role 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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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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Microfinance in the digital age

By Anthony Randazzo OPIC Director, Small and Medium Enterprise Finance   According to the World Bank, two billion people in the world today lack access to financial services. Disruptive technology is helping to change that.   While information technology has always been critical to the work of microfinance institutions, technology is profoundly changing the way financial services are being delivered Read more…

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Featured photo: Microfinance borrowers in India

On the occasion of Global Entrepreneurship Week, this photo shows some female microfinance borrowers in India, illustrating both the relatively small size of many microfinance loans and how these transactions are often conducted in cash. Millions of people around the world lack access to any sort of formal financial services and even small loans can bring a significant benefit in 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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