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Featured photo: Helping small farmers in Lebanon gain access to finance

Ghada El Sheikh, a small scale farmer in Lebanon, used a loan from Global Communities to purchase fertilizer and irrigation equipment to help her generate more income for her family. Global Communities’ microfinance lending in Lebanon is supported by $20 million in OPIC financing, which has helped it provide nearly 36,000 loans to small businesses, entrepreneurs and farmers – like Read more…

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Throwback Thursday: A look at the 2014 inaugural OPIC Impact Award winners

As we wrap up the 2015 OPIC Impact Awards recognizing the work of seven clients who demonstrated excellence in development, we wanted to look back at last year’s inaugural awards, the first time we hosted an event to formally honor the diverse work of our clients and the positive impact they are having around the world. The inaugural 2014 awards Read more…

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We’re all in this together: OPIC Impact Awards highlight the power of our partnerships

By Judith Pryor Vice President, OPIC Office of External Affairs One of the realities of working for a small agency like OPIC that supports development in more than 100 countries around the world is that it’s difficult to get many of our partners in the same room together to honor the important work they are doing. It is the same Read more…

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Focus on Impact Award Winners: CSI Latina Financial Inc.

OPIC is committed to helping American small businesses expand into fast-growing emerging markets. Over the past five years, small and medium enterprises have accounted for almost 75% of the projects that have received OPIC support. Last month, OPIC awarded one of its small business clients, CSI Latina Financial Inc., an OPIC Impact Award in the American Small Business category. CSI Read more…

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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Belstar Development, LLC

Last month at the 2015 Impact Awards, OPIC recognized Belstar Development, LLC for excellence in development in the innovation category. Belstar is a Miami company that is serving as the lead investor in Ghana’s National Medical Equipment Modernization project, a massive undertaking to improve the quality of healthcare in 100 hospitals across all 10 of Ghana’s administrative regions. OPIC is 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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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Global Communities

Just like roads, power plants and other physical infrastructure are essential to the success of a community, so too is financial infrastructure. If you want to promote widespread opportunity, economic growth and job creation, you have to give people the tools to enable them to save for the future, fund increased agricultural production, and start and expand small businesses. Financial Read more…

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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winner: Bridge International Academies (Development Impact)

OPIC’s mission to leverage private business to help address the world’s most critical development challenges takes many shapes and operates at different scales. But one of the most direct and foundational cases of this development mission carried out through an impact-minded business plan is through OPIC’s partnership with Bridge International Academies, a winner of OPIC’s 2015 Impact Awards in the Read more…

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Featured Photo: Expanding access to modern healthcare in Ghana

Healthcare workers in Ghana tend to patients in a mobile clinic, part of the Ghana National Medical Equipment Project, a sweeping and ambitious program to update the country’s medical network by introducing advanced technology, expand training and use mobile clinics equipped with backup generators to reach remote regions where access to electricity is limited. The lead investor in the project Read more…

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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Root Capital

In recent years as OPIC has increased its focus on renewable resources, it has supported investments not just in renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, but also in clean water, forest preservation and sustainable agriculture, which are all essential to feeding a growing planet. There may be no resource more fundamental than food, but many of the world’s Read more…

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