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The challenge of building affordable housing in developing countries … and how DFIs can help

April 01, 2015

By Debra Erb Managing Director, OPIC Housing Programs (This blog is adapted from a speech Debra Erb delivered in November 2014 at the general meeting of the African Union for Housing Finance.) One of the fundamental steps to advancing development in emerging markets is giving low-income people a secure place to live. As a banker who has successfully assembled financing
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OPIC award-winning project highlights value of financial intermediaries in boosting small business lending

March 26, 2015

A milestone 2013 OPIC project to support lending to small businesses in Brazil was recognized earlier this month as Trade Finance Americas Deal of the Year by the international magazine, Trade Finance. OPIC committed a $400 million loan – alongside $80 million from Wells Fargo – in the project, which supports lending to underserved businesses, mostly in the lower-income parts of the country that
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In case you missed it: OPIC in Action – The story behind Sambazon

March 12, 2015

As one of the companies responsible for introducing the açaí berry – which is indigenous to Brazil – to the U.S. market, Sambazon sustainably processes and distributes açaí juice to the U.S. and beyond, providing income for 10,000 family farmers in Brazil. Development finance from OPIC was instrumental in the growth of the company, which has a crucial development impact
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A plan to empower more than 1 million women: OPIC featured in The Huffington Post

March 09, 2015

Many women in the developing world are sidelined from economic progress because of limited access to financial services like savings accounts, loans and insurance. The Huffington Post features a piece by OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield and Bob Annibale, Citi’s Global Director of Community Development and Microfinance, on an OPIC-Citi partnership that addresses this challenge. Through a joint program
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Why global development is a women’s issue

March 06, 2015

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation The developing world faces a multitude of challenges from poverty to food insecurity to insufficient electricity, all which limit the lives of millions of men and women. But in my time working to support global development at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), I’ve come to understand that many of these
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Featured photo: California juice producer supports sustainability in the Amazon

February 13, 2015

Workers in Brazil offload baskets of açaí berries for processing at a local juicing facility established by Sambazon, a California company and OPIC client. Sambazon used an OPIC loan to build an açaí berry cultivation and processing warehouse in the country and today its business generates income for 10,000 family farmers in Brazil. Learn more about Sambazon and the company’s
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OPIC at a glance

February 04, 2015

From a growing commitment to renewable resources to support for American small businesses, learn more about some of our major accomplishments in this cheat sheet.

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Ahead of EnergyNet’s Powering Africa Summit, a recap of the #PoweringAfrica Twitter chat

January 28, 2015

[View the story “Recap of #PoweringAfrica Twitter Chat” on Storify]

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Obama highlights OPIC’s role supporting development in India

January 27, 2015

President Barack Obama this week highlighted OPIC’s work supporting lending to small and medium businesses in India, when he spoke at the U.S. India Business Council. Obama, who visited India along with OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield to mark the anniversary of India’s independence, said that OPIC financing would support lending in many of India’s rural and urban regions that are
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Biden recognizes OPIC leadership in Caribbean clean energy efforts

January 27, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden highlighted OPIC’s work helping to introduce renewable energy to the Caribbean, when he spoke this week at an international energy summit. Biden highlighted OPIC’s support for a project to build the largest private-sector wind farm in Jamaica. Jamaica, like many other Caribbean islands, depends heavily on imported fuel to meet its energy needs. The new 34-megawatt
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