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OPIC celebrates record-setting year in private sector-led development

                                    OPIC has announced $4.4 billion in new financing and insurance commitments in fiscal year 2015 to catalyze private sector-led development. The new projects that OPIC supported are expected to bring a total of $14 billion in development-focused investment to emerging economies. This Read more…

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The business of food security: A look at OPIC’s work in agribusiness

Earlier this week we highlighted OPIC’s growing portfolio of agribusiness projects that are helping increase food production and supporting small farmers. Here, John Aldonas, Deputy Vice President, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise Finance, describes some of OPIC’s strategies for reaching the smallest farmers who are so critical to advancing food security. OPIC has seen significant growth in its agribusiness portfolio Read more…

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How OPIC supports food security in the developing world

Over the past 10 years, OPIC has grown its agribusiness portfolio ten-fold. This infographic highlights projects OPIC has supported from Haiti to Moldova to Sub-Saharan Africa and illustrates not only OPIC’s commitment to improving food security, but also the recognition that increasing food production is only part of the challenge of reducing hunger and malnutrition. OPIC speaks of agribusiness, rather Read more…

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Featured photo: Microfinance borrowers in India

On the occasion of Global Entrepreneurship Week, this photo shows some female microfinance borrowers in India, illustrating both the relatively small size of many microfinance loans and how these transactions are often conducted in cash. Millions of people around the world lack access to any sort of formal financial services and even small loans can bring a significant benefit in Read more…

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Manjula’s story: A look at one of the many entrepreneurs supported by OPIC investment

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week we’re featuring this video of Manjula, an Indian factory worker turned entrepreneur who transformed her life with a small loan provided through an OPIC partnership with Citi. Dissatisfied with her work in a garment factory, Manjula was able to start a small apparel business using a loan from the Indian microfinance institution Ujjivan, which Read more…

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Featured photo: Diversifying Peru’s energy production

Plant workers join Peruvian President Ollanta Humala for a ceremony dedicating a 20 MW photovoltaic plant near Moquegua, Peru on November 10. Supported by an OPIC loan, the Solarpack project is supplying power to Peru’s national grid and will serve approximately 360,000 people. Renewable energy as a group composes only 0.6 percent of Peru’s energy mix. The project is having Read more…

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Partner spotlight: How OPIC outreach workshops connect small businesses with the global market

In 2010 Milind Tavshikar (pictured) was a recent graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Business with a winning business plan built around a technology he’d developed to lower the cost and improve the efficiency of shipping cargo. SmartKargo is a cloud-based RFID technology that uses handheld devices to scan cargo before it is loaded onto aircraft. Because it is cloud-based, Read more…

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OPIC achieves major milestone, surpassing its initial Power Africa commitment

Two years ago President Obama launched one of the most ambitious development initiatives of his Presidency and enlisted the support of OPIC in Power Africa, designed to bring more electricity to the hundreds of millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa who have none. OPIC committed $1.5 billion to the initiative and this week we reported that we’ve surpassed that initial Read more…

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Education, the environment, and OPIC: Secretary Kerry acknowledges strides made in Central Asia

On October 31, Secretary John Kerry visited the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, to commemorate the opening of a new, state-of-the-art campus.   Thanks to a $6 million loan from OPIC alongside USAID support, AUCA was able to construct the new campus, allowing the school to extend current programs and serve Read more…

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Featured photo: Revamping education infrastructure in Kyrgyzstan

A new, state-of-the-art campus at American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, opened its doors on October 31, 2015 with the support of OPIC financing. The expansion will enable the University to expand its enrollment by 33 percent. Access to education is vital for economic growth in developing regions. The new AUCA campus was designed to be eco-friendly Read more…

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