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Featured photo: California juice producer supports sustainability in the Amazon

February 13, 2015

Workers in Brazil offload baskets of açaí berries for processing at a local juicing facility established by Sambazon, a California company and OPIC client. Sambazon used an OPIC loan to build an açaí berry cultivation and processing warehouse in the country and today its business generates income for 10,000 family farmers in Brazil. Learn more about Sambazon and the company’s
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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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Video: How one solar project brings multiple benefits to a community

October 30, 2014

In June, OPIC committed financing to First Solar, Inc. to support construction of the Luz del Norte solar photovoltaic park in Chile’s Atacama desert. The plant will be the largest photovoltaic project in Latin America, with a capacity of 141 megawatts. In addition to introducing a clean source of fuel in Chile, the project is bringing many additional benefits to
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Littlefield on the future of energy in Africa

October 14, 2014

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield described the momentum behind President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, which she said has generated strong interest among developers who until recently had not considered doing business in Africa. “The world is waking up to the fact that business can be a force for good and has a critical role to play,” Littlefield told Devex
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Hillary Clinton recognizes OPIC’s role in addressing energy poverty and highlighting opportunities for American businesses

September 05, 2014

Hillary Clinton told the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on September 4 that OPIC was playing a critical role in bringing more energy to the developing world. “I’m delighted that (OPIC President and CEO) Elizabeth Littlefield is here,” said Clinton. “OPIC is major player in trying to deal with the issue of energy poverty.” Clinton also noted that
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PBS Newshour features OPIC client Husk Power

February 22, 2013

Rice is a staple of the diet in India but until recently the rice husks that were left behind in the milling process served no purpose – aside from generating a lot of waste.  OPIC’s $750,000 loan in 2009 to the startup Husk Power Systems Inc. helped that business introduce a technology that converted this biomass waste into electricity and
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At U.N. and CGI, U.S. highlights importance of collaboration in addressing world’s biggest problems

October 01, 2012

The need to form partnerships and collaborate emerged as a common theme over the past week as top world leaders converged in New York for both the 67th General Assembly of the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations of “an interdependent world (where) all of us have a stake in working
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OPIC to host Expanding Horizons workshop for small businesses, October 3 in Seattle

September 25, 2012

As more U.S. small businesses participate in the global marketplace, they are facing new questions and challenges. Expanding Horizons, a workshop for small businesses entering international markets, helps entrepreneurs explore new opportunities that can help strengthen their business at home and abroad. Join OPIC at Expanding Horizons in Seattle on October 3, 2012 and learn about the government programs and financial
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OPIC Executive Vice President Mimi Alemayehou Discusses Extensive Growth Opportunities in Africa

May 21, 2012

In this Q&A video, OPIC Vice President Mimi Alemayehou discusses the extensive growth opportunities in Africa, including the demand for energy and power as the continent continues to develop.

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Video: The federal budget and foreign aid

January 24, 2012

How much does the U.S. spend on foreign aid? As political psychologist, Dr. Steven Kull noted during a recent visit to OPIC, a lot less than most Americans think: When they understand that just one percent of the federal budget goes toward foreign aid, most Americans support that level of assistance, said Kull, who studies public opinion on public policy. “The
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