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OPIC Impact Awards: A recap in photos

OPIC honored seven partners for excellence in development at the 2016 OPIC Impact Awards July 7. Here’s a look at how they are supporting development in a variety of sectors and regions from agriculture to technology, from Sub-Saharan Africa to India, Afghanistan and Latin America.   Innovation: Westrock Coffee Co. Westrock Coffee of Little Rock, Arkansas used OPIC political risk Read more…

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Featured Photo: A look at one of last year’s OPIC Impact Awards winners

As we get ready to host the 2016 OPIC Impact Awards, here is a look at one of last year’s winners: Belstar Development. This picture shows healthcare workers in Ghana who are receiving training on new equipment being introduce as part of a sweeping program to improve the quality and access to healthcare Belstar is a Miami company that is Read more…

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How OPIC is helping advance financial inclusion in India

By Iftin Fatah, OPIC Portfolio Monitoring Specialist – Development Partnership Framework Division    Financial inclusion has come a long way in India, but it still has a long way to go. Five years ago, only about one-third of India’s adult population had an account at a traditional banking institution, according to World Bank data.  Over the last few years, the Read more…

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Partner spotlight: How One Acre Fund supports Africa’s smallest farmers

It sounds counterintuitive that farmers could be food insecure but small subsistence farmers often maintain just a single acre of land and struggle to produce enough food or earn enough income to feed their families. One Acre Fund was formed in 2006 to support these very small farmers in Africa, who are often based in hard-to-reach remote areas. Last year, Read more…

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Featured Photo: Supporting producers of bird’s eye chili peppers

In Eastern Uganda, bird’s eye chili pepper farmers are producing more chili peppers and connecting to larger markets. OPIC partner and 2015 OPIC Impact Award winner Root Capital, not only provides small loans when commercial financing is not available, but provides training and support to help farmers produce more food and connect to larger markets. With Root’s support, many of Read more…

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Why entrepreneurs are vital to emerging markets: OPIC featured in Silicon Valley Business Journal

“Innovative thinkers and early adopters exist everywhere: In Silicon Valley, but also in Sub-Saharan Africa; in the legendary startup garages … and in even more humble venues that may lack electricity,” OPIC Vice President Judith Pryor wrote this week in the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Pryor highlights two OPIC partners that are participating in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, discussing how Read more…

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Two OPIC partners to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

  The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit this week in Silicon Valley will feature two OPIC partners on a panel that highlights the ways the U.S. Government catalyzes investment in emerging markets to drive economic growth, scale development innovations and combat poverty. OPIC partner QuantumID, a small startup that developed a handheld, cloud-based cargo tracking technology that has helped make Read more…

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Featured Photo: OPIC hosts hundreds of small businesses at its Expanding Horizons workshop in Houston

Nearly 250 small-businesses and entrepreneurs, representing eighteen states and seven countries – from Mexico to Nigeria and Burma — attended the Expanding Horizons workshop in Houston to learn about the ways OPIC and other government agencies can help them expand into emerging markets. The workshop was one of the largest in in Expanding Horizons’ 10-year history. OPIC helps businesses of Read more…

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OPIC partner Lumos recognized in “transformational business” awards

  Nova Lumos, an OPIC partner that is introducing home solar systems in Nigeria, was recognized with a special commendation in Financial Times/International Financial Corporation’s Transformational Business Awards for achievement in low-carbon urban transformation. Lumos was recognized as “a company whose impact goes well beyond its sector by offering a novel and affordable solution to the acute challenge of access Read more…

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How OPIC helped one Houston nonprofit expand access to clean water in Africa

OPIC travels to Houston this week, where it will host its latest Expanding Horizons workshop for small businesses interested in expanding into developing countries. Houston is also the site of one of OPIC’s early impact investing projects, Living Water International, which used OPIC financing 15 years ago to help some remote communities in Ghana and Kenya drill wells to secure a Read more…

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