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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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Featured photo: Sustainable Barramundi farming in Vietnam

December 26, 2014

A technician at the Australis fish farm in Vietnam checks on a nursery tank for young Barramundi, a fish species native to Southeast Asia. With financing from OPIC, the Turners Falls, Massachusetts-based Australis has expanded operations to Van Phong Bay, Vietnam where it operates the world’s largest Barramundi farm, specializes in sustainable and eco-friendly aquaculture, and employs one hundred local
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Featured photo: Affordable housing in South Africa

December 19, 2014

Newly constructed homes built with investments from the OPIC-supported South African Workforce Housing Fund, are providing housing to nearly 8,000 low-income and working class families in Johannesburg. By investing in low-income housing the fund has also helped establish the affordable home sector as a viable asset class in the market, attracting further development capital to address South Africa’s housing shortage.
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Featured photo: Modern machinery for smallholder farmers in Senegal

December 05, 2014

Smallholder farmers harvest grain more efficiently with modern equipment provided by Aventura Investment Partners, an OPIC client that provides both equipment and training on best practices to help these farmers significantly improve yields. While much of Africa’s food is grown by small-scale farmers with plots of less than four acres, these farmers often lack basic equipment, like tractors, which significantly
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Featured photo: Improving health services in Albania

November 14, 2014

Technicians at the American Hospital in Albania conduct lab tests on modern equipment not available in many of the country’s public hospitals. The healthcare sector in Albania, one of Europe’s poorest counties, has struggled in recent years and routine procedures such as dialysis and laboratory analysis were largely unavailable to the general population. The American Hospital has been able to
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Featured photo: Generating power in Jordan

November 07, 2014

Over the past few years, strong economic growth in Jordan has increased the demand for power beyond the country’s generation capacity. The 240MW AES Levant Power Plant, which was financed by a $170 million OPIC loan in addition to a $100 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is strengthening the stability and supply of energy in
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Featured photo: Support for small businesses in the Middle East

October 31, 2014

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield toured a water bottling company in Ramallah this week during her trip to the West Bank, Israel and Jordan. This company received financing through the nonprofit Middle East Investment Initiative, an OPIC partner that supports small businesses in the Middle East. These small enterprises are critical to the region’s economic growth and job creation,
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Featured photo: Bringing healthcare to rural Hondurans

October 24, 2014

Doña Chila became a volunteer community pharmacist serving the 2,500 residents of El Tigre Island in Honduras through a training program provided by a local partner of social investment fund Global Partnerships. Each day she counsels at least 15 customers about recommended medications and dosages. Global Partnerships is an OPIC client that provides small microfinance loans in rural communities and
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Featured photo: Illuminating rural villages in India

October 10, 2014

A snack shop owner in a small town near Mangalore, India gets electricity to light the store from a simple pay-as-you-go solar system provided by Simpa Energy India Ltd., a subsidiary of Simpa Networks of Seattle. OPIC recently committed a $3 million loan to Simpa to support the introduction of up to 50,000 new solar systems in rural parts of
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