The OPIC Blog

Featured photo: Kenyan woman giving back uses microfinance loan to open a school

In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re featuring female entrepreneurs around the world who have benefited from OPIC financing. This picture shows schoolchildren in Rongai, Kenya heading to class Pine Breeze Academy, which was started by local entrepreneur Lillian Alwi. Alwi obtained loans from KWTF, a microfinance institution supported by OPIC, and was able to open the school, which Read more…

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Supporting job creation and economic growth in Asia-Pacific: A conversation with OPIC’s Geoffrey Tan

While the vast majority of OPIC’s staff is based in Washington, the Agency has in recent years established a handful of small local offices to support business development in key regions. Geoffrey Tan, OPIC Managing Director for Asia-Pacific, relocated last year to Bangkok, where he heads outreach and business development across a long list of countries in the region. Here Read more…

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Featured photo: Malian woman supports family with restaurant business

In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re featuring women in developing countries who have been able to start or grow a small business with the support of OPIC financing. The photo shows a mother of six in Mali preparing food to sell in her small restaurant that she has built with the help of microfinance loans from PAMIGA S.A., Read more…

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OPIC featured on State Department’s Dipnote Blog

“This year has been declared the “Year of Light.” It is easy to see why.” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote in a recent post on the State Department’s DipNote blog. “Roughly 1.3 billion of the world’s poorest still have no access to electricity. Small-scale, off-grid renewable power, mostly solar, is now accomplishing what far too many governments in Read more…

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On World Energy Day a look at one innovative OPIC partner that delivers solar power in a box

On World Energy Day, we feature a young girl in Nigeria who is able to do her homework after dark with the help of a solar light powered by Lumos, an OPIC partner that provides off-grid solar solutions to remote communities. With the support of OPIC financing, Lumos will be able to provide power access to some of the nearly Read more…

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Ten facts and forecasts that illustrate the demand for renewable energy in the developing world

OPIC is an active participant this week in Secretary Kerry’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, focused on clean energy and energy efficiency in the developing world. As the forum kicked off on Oct. 20, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield moderated a panel on the Clean Energy Transformation that featured multiple companies that are active investors in the Read more…

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How OPIC is advancing the use of renewable energy around the world

This week, Secretary Kerry will host the Secretary’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, focusing on investments targeting clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change in the developing world. Investors, corporations, philanthropies, and policymakers will convene to discuss and promote the impact that climate and clean energy investments can have in the battle against global climate change. Both the public Read more…

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Featured photo: Sweet success in Uganda

In honor of World Food Day, we are highlighting agribusiness entrepreneurs such as Madina Namanda who owns and operates a successful wholesale, commercial pineapple plantation in Uganda and, in doing so, has been able to increase her income. With the help of OPIC, microfinance institution FINCA International has provided more than 1.5 million low-income people with the financing necessary to Read more…

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Strong turnout from diaspora investors at OPIC’s Expanding Horizons workshop in Boston

OPIC has long recognized diaspora investors as valuable partners in global development and the latest Expanding Horizons workshop in Boston on October 14 drew large numbers of diaspora business owners and entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa. OPIC hosted the workshop in partnership with The Aspen Institute’s DIAspora Investment Alliance, which works to help channel investments from diaspora communities in the U.S. Read more…

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From introducing advanced technology to providing support for small farmers: How OPIC has helped some Massachusetts enterprises have a positive impact in the world

OPIC’s popular Expanding Horizons workshop for small businesses travels later this month to Massachusetts, a state that has produced many strong OPIC supported projects that are having a positive impact in the developing world. Expanding Horizons is a nine-year-old OPIC workshop series that seeks to educate small businesses about the opportunities of expanding into developing markets and the way OPIC Read more…

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