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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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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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Featured photo: Support for wine producer creates jobs and bolsters agriculture in Georgia

A worker at the Teliani Valley winery in Georgia has been able to increase production, employ more workers and boost local tourism with the help of OPIC financing. OPIC has supported multiple projects that have helped bring stability and economic growth to this small country on Russia’s southern border. By investing in small farmers, and more modern agriculture production, OPIC Read more…

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Featured photo: Helping small farmers in Lebanon gain access to finance

Ghada El Sheikh, a small scale farmer in Lebanon, used a loan from Global Communities to purchase fertilizer and irrigation equipment to help her generate more income for her family. Global Communities’ microfinance lending in Lebanon is supported by $20 million in OPIC financing, which has helped it provide nearly 36,000 loans to small businesses, entrepreneurs and farmers – like Read more…

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Featured Photo: Illuminating remote Indian villages with solar power

Children do their school homework under a solar light provided by Simpa Networks, a Seattle company and OPIC client that used OPIC financing to introduce affordable solar power technology in remote Indian villages. Last month Simpa Networks received the 2015 OPIC Impact Award for excellence in development in the Renewable Energy category.

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Featured photo: Celebrating excellence in development

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield joins distinguished award recipients and presenters before the 2015 OPIC Impact Awards ceremony on May 19. At the event, seven OPIC clients were recognized for excellence in development for projects that are bringing electricity to remote villages in India, financial services to small businesses in the Middle East, affordable education to poor families Read more…

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Featured photo: Investment in Ukraine ready for growth

On April 28, Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv, Ukraine, visited OPIC’s President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield in Washington D.C., to encourage private investment to boost Ukraine’s economic growth and stability. Mayor Klitschko’s message to OPIC and potential investors underscored that Kyiv, which lies several hundred miles from areas of conflict, is stable and ripe for investment – particularly in the Read more…

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Featured photo: Preventing malaria deaths

Malaria nets hang above the beds in this small health clinic, one of many in Sub-Saharan Africa that has been able to expand and purchase more equipment with the help of Medical Credit Fund (MCF). MCF provides financing to small health clinics in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya that are a crucial part of healthcare delivery, but often struggle to obtain Read more…

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Featured Photo: Investing in renewable energy sources in the Caribbean

In honor of Earth Day 2015, this week’s featured photo highlights wind turbines in the Dominican Republic. Built by the AIC Caribbean Fund, the turbines are providing significant clean energy resources throughout the country. In 2011, OPIC provided financing to the fund which financed the construction of the first wind turbine farm in the nation, a mid-scale, grid-connected facility capable Read more…

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Featured photo: Bringing clean energy to Rwanda

Rwandan workers inspect solar panels at Gigawatt Global’s 8.5 megawatt solar facility east of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, shortly before the solar field’s opening ceremony in February 2014. The clean power project is East Africa’s first grid-connected, utility-scale solar energy facility and represents a full 6% contribution to the entire country’s power generation capacity. OPIC supported the Gigawatt Global project in Read more…

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