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Desalination, irrigation, sanitation and more: How OPIC supports access to clean water in the developing world

Clean water is essential to life and also to addressing many of the world’s biggest development challenges from poverty to malnutrition. World leaders formally recognized the importance of water to development last year when they included access to water and sanitation for all as one of 17 goals that comprised the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. OPIC has long supported Read more…

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Featured photo: Recognizing the women of OPIC’s senior leadership

As we celebrate National Women’s History Month, we would like to recognize the remarkable female leaders here at OPIC. This year’s theme is Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. From left: Margaret Kuhlow, Vice President, Office of Investment Policy; Kimberly Heimert, Vice President and General Counsel; Tracey Webb, Vice President, Structured Finance and Read more…

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OPIC’s Dia Martin speaks at conference for African entrepreneurs

Dia Martin, Director of OPIC Social Enterprise Finance, spoke at a panel, Building the Glocal Ecosystem: Bridging the Divide, at the Sankalp Africa Summit February 26th in Nairobi. Sankalp is a gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, donors and investors, and Martin spoke at the event about OPIC’s commitment to impact investing in Africa, and the Portfolio for Impact program focused on Read more…

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Featured Photo: Partnering to expand access to off-grid power

(From left to right) Amitesh Sinha, CFO, Greenlight Planet; Anish Thakkar, CEO, Greenlight Planet; Loren Rodwin, Managing Director of Small & Medium Enterprise Finance, OPIC; and Thomas Vajda, Counsel General, U.S. Consulate in Mumbai at a signing ceremony formalizing a partnership to expand off-grid energy access in the developing world. Greenlight Planet is introducing affordable solar lighting and phone charging Read more…

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Featured photo: Improving low-income housing in Cambodia

A family in Cambodia applies for a home loan improvement loan facilitated by Habitat for Humanity’s Microbuild fund, an OPIC partner. Microbuild has used OPIC financing to improve its lending capacity to microfinance institutions, which in turn provide housing loans to low and middle income families throughout much of the developing world. In addition to supporting loans to populations that Read more…

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Supporting development by strengthening local airports

OPIC’s ability to provide large amounts of financing with long tenors makes it uniquely suited to support major infrastructure projects that require large investments of time and money. In recent years, OPIC financing has supported the construction or expansion of three airports in Latin America. The expansion of the Mariscal Sucre Airport in Quito, Ecuador. The privatization and reconstruction of Read more…

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Portfolio for Impact: How OPIC assembled a collection of small, high-impact projects

In multiple African countries from Mali to Togo, small rural farmers have been able to increase food production over an extended growing season because they obtained microfinance loans to buy irrigation equipment. In India, where almost half the student population attends private schools, one company is providing loans to make these schools affordable to more low-income students. And in emerging Read more…

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Featured photo: From an unstable past to a more prosperous and secure future

A cityscape of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, where OPIC has invested more than $500 million across 50 development projects since the country gained independence in 1991. As the first development institution to invest significantly in this former Soviet Republic, OPIC has played a central role in helping Georgia rebuild war-torn buildings, upgrade its infrastructure and modernize its agricultural sector. Read more…

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New video highlights OPIC’s work in Georgia

OPIC has played a key role in Georgia’s shift from an unstable past to a more prosperous and secure future.  This new video highlights our work as one of the first development institutions to invest in Georgia after it declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Georgia faced major challenges in the early 1990s including an economic crisis, political Read more…

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Partner Spotlight: Envirofit Chairman and CEO Ron Bills on a scalable solution to indoor air pollution

Earlier this year, OPIC committed a $4 million loan to Envirofit International, a Fort Collins, Colorado business that was formed 13 years ago in a spinoff from Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conservation Lab. With a mission to develop solutions to global energy and health challenges, Envirofit has put much of its focus on developing clean cookstoves to reduce indoor Read more…

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