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Featured photo: Supporting thousands of women-owned businesses in Turkey

March 27, 2015

The owner of Real Optic, one of many women-owned businesses that has benefited from an OPIC project to support small business lending in Turkey, displays her merchandise at her store in Istanbul. Real Optic is expanding with financing from a Turkiye Garanti Bankasi lending facility, which is being supported by a $400 million OPIC investment guarantee. The Bankasi facility focuses
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Featured photo: Supporting clean and dependable drinking water in Algeria

March 20, 2015

In a desert city surrounded by seawater, a water desalination plant is bringing clean drinking water to many of Algiers’ residents. The plant, which uses reverse osmosis technology, was built with the support of OPIC financing to Ionics Inc. of Watertown, Massachusetts. OPIC provided a $200 million loan to Ionics to help facilitate construction of the plant which is now
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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending to women in Africa

March 13, 2015

A BRAC microfinance recipient who has used loan money to support her restaurant business is joined by other women during a solidarity group meeting in Tanzania. OPIC financing has supported microfinance lending in East Africa through BRAC, a Bangladesh development organization. BRAC-Tanzania has opened more than 100 new microfinance branches serving an estimated 109,000 borrowers in Africa, 98 percent of
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Featured photo: Quinoa crop empowers women in Ecuador

March 06, 2015

In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, this photograph represents one of the many women that OPIC seeks to support through its financing. This woman works with the cooperative SumakLife to grow organic quinoa on her farm in Ecuador. SumakLife, which purchases quinoa from indigenous farmers – including many women – works to help them earn fair
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Featured Photo: Breaking ground on the largest private sector wind farm in Jamaica

February 27, 2015

A Jamaican and U.S. government delegation kicks off construction of a 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica’s Santa Cruz Mountains. The project, which is being supported by a $42.7 million loan from OPIC along with financing from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the IFC-Canada Climate Change Program, is being developed by BMR Jamaica Wind Limited. The wind farm will
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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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Featured photo: Supporting agriculture in Uganda

February 06, 2015

A worker sorts through African bird’s eye chili peppers grown by farmers in eastern Uganda for Sunshine Agro Products, a chili and spice exporter, and one of the businesses supported by OPIC client Root Capital. Since 2010, OPIC has committed more than $30 million in loans to Root Capital, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit social investment fund that lends to rural businesses
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Featured photo: Securing water in a water scarce region

January 30, 2015

A worker welds a pipeline helping transport water from southern Jordan to Amman. OPIC provided financing and political risk insurance to support the construction of the 202-mile water pipeline, built by Disi Water, in Jordan – one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. Completed in 2014, Disi Water is providing dependable water to the people of Amman and
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Featured photo: Bringing power to rural India

January 23, 2015

This photograph depicts a few of the more than 400 million people in India who live in remote villages with limited access to electricity. OPIC financing is helping Simpa Networks introduce home solar kits that are affordable and easy to use. January 26 is Republic Day in India, marking 68 years since India’s constitution came into effect, paving the way for
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Featured photo: Local communities in Cambodia supporting conservation

January 09, 2015

Community Forestry Administrators in Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia highlight regions where they oversee conservation efforts with support from Cambodia’s Forestry Administration and Terra Global, a U.S. land-use carbon development and investment company. With support from $900,000 in OPIC political risk insurance, Terra Global Capital’s investments are helping communities generate verified emission reductions whose proceeds are used to help protect 64,318 hectares
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