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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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Featured photo: Supporting businesswomen in Costa Rica through microfinance

A local businesswoman in Costa Rica displays her merchandise at her tailoring business, which she was able to expand thanks to a loan from Coopenae. OPIC supported a Microfinance Growth Fund that provided Coopenae, the largest regulated financial cooperative in Costa Rica, with substantial micro and small business financing capabilities. As a result, small businesses have better access to finance Read more…

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Featured Photo: Supporting harvests with microfinance

A woman harvests her crop with support from a microfinance loan from Massachusetts-based Root Capital. OPIC provided Root Capital with $20 million in OPIC financing for their work with supporting agribusinesses throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. On May 19, Root Capital received the 2015 OPIC Impact Award for Renewable Resources. Read more about Root Capital and all the OPIC Read more…

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Featured Photo: On Mother’s Day, OPIC’s support to African medical care helps new mothers

In honor of Mother’s Day on May 10, this photo shows the Mission Mbagala Dispensary, a small clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, tending to a new mother and her infant. Supported by an OPIC loan, the clinic is one of several that have been able to use loans from the Medical Credit Fund to support upgrades, expansions and purchase Read more…

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Throwback Thursday: A look at why the world’s poor are a good credit risk

Does it make sense to lend to the world’s poorest people? Two years ago, OPIC Deputy Vice President John Aldonas tackled this question in a piece on The OPIC Blog, where he noted that microfinance lending can lead to explosive growth in productivity and help small businesses attain the scale they need to succeed. Because so much of OPIC’s work Read more…

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Water for agriculture: How one innovative project is helping African farmers grow more food

March 22 is World Water Day, an occasion to remember how water is fundamental to life and fundamental to global development. In many parts of Africa, poor farmers operate with little equipment and can only water their crops when it rains. Being so dependent on the weather for their livelihood is not only inconvenient, it’s also costly. Even a lengthy Read more…

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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending to women in Africa

A BRAC microfinance recipient who has used loan money to support her restaurant business is joined by other women during a solidarity group meeting in Tanzania. OPIC financing has supported microfinance lending in East Africa through BRAC, a Bangladesh development organization. BRAC-Tanzania has opened more than 100 new microfinance branches serving an estimated 109,000 borrowers in Africa, 98 percent of Read more…

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Reaching the neediest: One OPIC client explains its strategy for investing in the world’s poorest and most remote communities

As a leader in Impact Investing, OPIC helps channel capital to address some of the world’s major social and environmental challenges such as access to education, healthcare and financial services. But to get that capital to the people who need it most, OPIC works with partners like Global Partnerships, a Seattle nonprofit and a major microfinance lender to poor communities Read more…

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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending in sub-Saharan Africa

The credit portfolio manager of WAGES, a microfinance institution in Sub-Saharan Africa, speaks to a group of farmers in Togo who have used micro-loans to install micro-irrigation systems to improve crop productivity. OPIC, along with the Calvert Foundation, is providing financing for the launch of a new fund for microfinance institutions that are members of the Participatory Microfinance Group for Read more…

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Africa rising: Survey shows dramatic improvements for investors

Africa has risen to become the second most attractive investment destination in the world, Ernst & Young’s latest Africa attractiveness survey shows. This year’s survey, which measures foreign direct investment into the continent as well as investors’ perceptions and actual investment levels, showed that Africa and Asia are tied in second place, just behind North America as the world’s best Read more…

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