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

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 Read more…

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A country in a hurry: On the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, this small African country looks forward

By Elizabeth Littlefield President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation I first visited Rwanda in the early 1990s when I was just beginning my career in development, and spent several months in the country advising the leadership of local microfinance institutions. In addition to being struck by Rwanda’s natural beauty — its sweeping vistas of terraced hills Read more…

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OPIC and Deutsche Bank announce fund supporting microfinance and Smart Campaign principles

OPIC, along with Deutsche Bank,  announced its commitment to the $100 million Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II (“Consortium II”), a fund supporting the growth of microfinance institutions that pursue a high level of client care, transparency of operations and pricing as well as product innovation. The fund is a partnership with investors, including OPIC, who share a focus on responsible Read more…

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OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partner for event on microfinance

OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partnered together for a public outreach event this week highlighting challenges and opportunities in development related to Habitat for Humanity’s annual Shelter Report. The report, Step by Step: Supporting Incremental Building Through Housing Microfinance, focuses on microfinance in the developing world. OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou and Habitat for Humanity Executive Vice President Mike Read more…

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Measuring and monitoring impact: Five ways development impacts lives (Part Three in a series)

This post is the third in a series on OPIC’s work measuring and monitoring the developmental impact of the projects it supports. To view the previous posts click here and here. Some benefits of an investment in a developing country are obvious. A new power plant, for example, provides a reliable source of electricity to people who may have been Read more…

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OPIC recognizes International Youth Day 2013

Today is International Youth Day, a day created by the United Nations in 1999 to mark the important contribution youth make to the world. This year, International Youth Day focuses on youth migration and the rewards and risks associated with it. According to a 2012 report by the UN Capital Development Fund, 85 percent of youth currently live in developing Read more…

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Client spotlight: Global Partnerships invests more than just money in poor communities in Latin America

What do the world’s poor people need? Money is one simple answer, but money alone is often not enough to support long-term solutions to put individuals and communities on the path to prosperity. Seattle-based Global Partnerships is one OPIC client that has successfully combined microfinance lending with additional non-financial services such as education, training and healthcare to poor communities in Latin Read more…

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Tailoring finance tools for impact investors

This is the second blog post in an occasional series By Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor, Socially Responsible Finance In my earlier blog post I explored OPIC’s contributions to the evolving impact investing sector, mostly by providing financing and insurance products to help American companies working in emerging markets. In addition to these core products, OPIC continues to innovate and Read more…

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Sailing the Seven “Cs:” Unlocking bank financing for SMEs in the Middle East

By Arun Hsu, Chief of Party, Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility In this guest post, an OPIC partner outlines a system for determining creditworthiness of potential borrowers that lack collateral and a track record of working with banks. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the key to innovation and an engine of economic growth and job creation in the Middle East Read more…

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Featured photo: Finca International supports women entrepreneurs in Mexico with microfinance loans

Microfinance group members in Tlayacapan, Mexico meet to collect installments on a loan from Finca International, a U.S. microfinance institution with a global footprint in 21 countries.  This all-women group of entrepreneurs who sell food, clothing and crafts in local markets has been a client of Finca Mexico for 10 years.

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