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

July 02, 2015

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
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Featured Photo: Illuminating remote Indian villages with solar power

June 26, 2015

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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Throwback Thursday: A look at the 2014 inaugural OPIC Impact Award winners

June 25, 2015

As we wrap up the 2015 OPIC Impact Awards recognizing the work of seven clients who demonstrated excellence in development, we wanted to look back at last year’s inaugural awards, the first time we hosted an event to formally honor the diverse work of our clients and the positive impact they are having around the world. The inaugural 2014 awards
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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Global Communities

June 11, 2015

Just like roads, power plants and other physical infrastructure are essential to the success of a community, so too is financial infrastructure. If you want to promote widespread opportunity, economic growth and job creation, you have to give people the tools to enable them to save for the future, fund increased agricultural production, and start and expand small businesses. Financial
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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winner: Bridge International Academies (Development Impact)

June 09, 2015

OPIC’s mission to leverage private business to help address the world’s most critical development challenges takes many shapes and operates at different scales. But one of the most direct and foundational cases of this development mission carried out through an impact-minded business plan is through OPIC’s partnership with Bridge International Academies, a winner of OPIC’s 2015 Impact Awards in the
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Featured Photo: Expanding access to modern healthcare in Ghana

June 05, 2015

Healthcare workers in Ghana tend to patients in a mobile clinic, part of the Ghana National Medical Equipment Project, a sweeping and ambitious program to update the country’s medical network by introducing advanced technology, expand training and use mobile clinics equipped with backup generators to reach remote regions where access to electricity is limited. The lead investor in the project
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Focus on OPIC Impact Award Winners: Root Capital

June 04, 2015

In recent years as OPIC has increased its focus on renewable resources, it has supported investments not just in renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, but also in clean water, forest preservation and sustainable agriculture, which are all essential to feeding a growing planet. There may be no resource more fundamental than food, but many of the world’s
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Focus on OPIC Impact Award winners: Sante GMT

June 02, 2015

OPIC works hard to ensure the projects it supports will deliver a strong and positive impact in the host country and often these benefits extend far beyond the stated mission of the project. That’s the case with Sante GMT, a producer of milk and dairy products in Georgia, which won one of two Impact Awards given this year in the
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Featured photo: Celebrating excellence in development

May 29, 2015

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
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Year in review: OPIC’s top blog posts of 2014

December 22, 2014

OPIC extended its work addressing major world development challenges in 2014, supporting projects to build power plants and other major infrastructure, increase access to food and clean drinking water, introduce cleaner sources of energy, improve the quality of healthcare and help individuals lift themselves out of poverty by providing affordable mortgages to build stable homes and small businesses. We’re recapping
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