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Featured photo: Savannah Fruits Company in Ghana

Workers at the Savannah Fruits Company in Ghana, which produces and exports shea butter.
Workers at the Savannah Fruits Company in Ghana, which produces and exports shea butter.

OPIC provides financing to the nonprofit social investment fund Root Capital, which supports lending to Savannah Fruits and other small rural businesses in Africa and Central and South America.  Ghana has a long tradition of manually harvesting and processing shea nuts into butter. Savannah Fruits Co was founded in 2006 with the goal of connecting more local shea butter producers to  global cosmetics manufacturers. In addition to providing financial support to these businesses, Root Capital also provides financial education and training to borrowers.


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