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Focus on OPIC Impact Award winner: QuantumID Technologies

  OPIC understands that American small businesses can play a critical role in the global economy, and the Agency actively reaches out to small businesses around the country. As a result, well over half the new development projects to which OPIC commits each involve an American small or medium business. The OPIC Impact Award in the American Small Business category Read more…

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OPIC Impact Awards: A recap in photos

OPIC honored seven partners for excellence in development at the 2016 OPIC Impact Awards July 7. Here’s a look at how they are supporting development in a variety of sectors and regions from agriculture to technology, from Sub-Saharan Africa to India, Afghanistan and Latin America.   Innovation: Westrock Coffee Co. Westrock Coffee of Little Rock, Arkansas used OPIC political risk Read more…

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Featured Photo: Supporting producers of bird’s eye chili peppers

In Eastern Uganda, bird’s eye chili pepper farmers are producing more chili peppers and connecting to larger markets. OPIC partner and 2015 OPIC Impact Award winner Root Capital, not only provides small loans when commercial financing is not available, but provides training and support to help farmers produce more food and connect to larger markets. With Root’s support, many of Read more…

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Two OPIC partners to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

  The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit this week in Silicon Valley will feature two OPIC partners on a panel that highlights the ways the U.S. Government catalyzes investment in emerging markets to drive economic growth, scale development innovations and combat poverty. OPIC partner QuantumID, a small startup that developed a handheld, cloud-based cargo tracking technology that has helped make Read more…

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Featured Photo: OPIC hosts hundreds of small businesses at its Expanding Horizons workshop in Houston

Nearly 250 small-businesses and entrepreneurs, representing eighteen states and seven countries – from Mexico to Nigeria and Burma — attended the Expanding Horizons workshop in Houston to learn about the ways OPIC and other government agencies can help them expand into emerging markets. The workshop was one of the largest in in Expanding Horizons’ 10-year history. OPIC helps businesses of Read more…

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Featured Photo: Expanding access to finance to women in rural India

  Photo Credit Iftin Fatah Female entrepreneurs who have obtained financing from OPIC-supported Satin Creditcare Network Limited gather for a group meeting in Galand Village in Utter Pradesh State.  At a time when access to finance is so limited in developing countries,  financing provided by Satin Creditcare has provided individual loans to urban shopkeepers in India. Since Satin was founded Read more…

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Featured photo: A mother prepares the family meal on a clean cookstove

This mother in Kumasi, Ghana handily operates a large cookstove made by Envirofit International, which is using OPIC financing to introduce cleaner cooking technology throughout the developing world. Indoor air pollution from unsafe cooking methods is a leading cause of indoor air pollution and a major health hazard in developing countries, and Envirofit of Fort Collins, Colorado has developed technologies Read more…

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Featured Photo: Helping low income families purchase homes

In Nicaragua, a boy steps out of his home that his family was able to purchase with a microfinance loan from OPIC-supported MicroBuild. Millions of people throughout the developing world lack access to formal financial services like bank mortgages, but the microfinance lending supported by Atlanta-based Habitat for Humanity’s MicroBuild Fund has help support microfinance lending for housing to people Read more…

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How OPIC supports American small businesses from coast to coast

When OPIC kicks off its 2016 Expanding Horizons workshop series May 3 in Atlanta, it will mark the tenth anniversary of the program, which has traveled to New York, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and many more U.S. cities to educate American small businesses about the benefits of expanding into emerging markets. OPIC understands that small businesses can make important contributions Read more…

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Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Expanding Horizons

This year marks the tenth anniversary of OPIC’s working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at our Expanding Horizons workshops. Expanding Horizons gives these small businesses valuable information about the finance and insurance tools we offer to help them expand into emerging markets. By partnering with OPIC, SMEs are better prepared to make a difference in the global market through Read more…

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