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Featured Photo: Supporting harvests with microfinance

June 12, 2015

A woman harvests her crop with support from a microfinance loan from Massachusetts-based Root Capital. OPIC provided Root Capital with $20 million in OPIC financing for their work with supporting agribusinesses throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. On May 19, Root Capital received the 2015 OPIC Impact Award for Renewable Resources. Read more about Root Capital and all the OPIC
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Featured photo: Investment in Ukraine ready for growth

May 01, 2015

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
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Water for agriculture: How one innovative project is helping African farmers grow more food

March 20, 2015

March 22 is World Water Day, an occasion to remember how water is fundamental to life and fundamental to global development. In many parts of Africa, poor farmers operate with little equipment and can only water their crops when it rains. Being so dependent on the weather for their livelihood is not only inconvenient, it’s also costly. Even a lengthy
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The story behind acai: How one small business helped make the rainforest “too valuable to cut down.”

February 12, 2015

Fourteen years ago, a business idea was hatched during a surfing vacation to Brazil when a group of friends from southern California discovered the tasty and nutrient-rich acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry. They started Sambazon (short for “sustainable management of the Brazilian Amazon”) to process the berries for sale in juices. But as a small startup, Sambazon faced difficulty obtaining credit. In
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OPIC client Root Capital reaches a $100 million milestone

February 09, 2015

Congratulations to OPIC client Root Capital for reaching $100 million in active loans for the first time in its 15-year history! Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that strengthens rural livelihoods in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. Root Capital provides a reliable source of financing for clients, enabling them to make investments in agricultural
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Video: Spotlight on OPIC’s Impact

July 03, 2014

Eight OPIC projects that are making a difference around the world.

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Featured photo: Global Partnerships, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance

June 06, 2014

A farmer in Nicaragua tends to young coffee plants, which will replace and build on his aging crop. This agricultural expansion was made possible through credit offered by a subsidiary lender of Global Partnerships, an impact investor that was able to expand its lending in Latin America thanks to OPIC support. Global Partnerships’ Social Investment Fund 5.0 was a recipient
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Featured photo: Bountiful harvest in Ethiopia

April 18, 2014

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, this photo, a Feed the Future photo contest winner, shows a farmer in Ethiopia, succeeding against the odds and producing a bountiful harvest in drought conditions. He is transporting a variety of chickpea called “areti,” which means “not afraid of drought.” The areti was introduced by the International Crop Research Institute for
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On World Food Day, U.N. highlights “the world’s greatest solvable problem”

October 16, 2013

Despite significant progress in recent decades, an estimated 842 million people, or about one in eight of the people in the world, still suffer from chronic hunger. Since 1979, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recognized World Food Day each year on Oct. 16 to draw attention to what it calls the world’s greatest solvable
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Collaboration among development institutions can catalyze more green investments in the developing world

September 10, 2013

By Brian O’Hanlon, Director of Business Development, Political and Sovereign Risk Last week, I joined OPIC President and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield and OPIC Chief of Staff John Morton for an unprecedented event in the world of development finance. CEOs and representatives from 15 development finance institutions (DFIs) met in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss how to scale up climate finance in
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