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Advancing global development through impact investing: OPIC featured in OnFrontiers

Impact Investing encompasses many sectors, including healthcare.   What constitutes an impact investment? OPIC’s Dia Martin offers a simple explanation. It covers, she says, the things “you need to live” including agriculture,... Read more...

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Partner spotlight: How One Acre Fund supports Africa’s smallest farmers

One Acre Fund helped this widowed Rwandan farmer more than double her harvests.   It sounds counterintuitive that farmers could be food insecure but small subsistence farmers often maintain just a single acre of land and... Read more...

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

Picking birdseye chili peppers in Uganda   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... Read more...

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Two OPIC partners to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

QuantumID developed a cloud-based technology to make cargo transport more affordable and efficient.   The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit this week in Silicon Valley will feature two OPIC partners on a panel that... Read more...

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OPIC partner Lumos recognized in “transformational business” awards

Lumos home solar systems are portable and easy to install.   Nova Lumos, an OPIC partner that is introducing home solar systems in Nigeria, was recognized with a special commendation in Financial Times/International Financial... Read more...

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How OPIC helped one Houston nonprofit expand access to clean water in Africa

OPIC travels to Houston this week, where it will host its latestExpanding Horizons workshop for small businesses interested in expanding into developing countries. Houston is also the site of one of OPIC’s early impact investing... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Expanding access to healthcare in Nigeria

Doctors at a Cedarcrest Orthopedic Clinic in Abuja show some of the advanced equipment at the facility, which has been expanded with the support of OPIC financing. At a time when limited healthcare has led many Nigerians to seek medical care in... Read more...

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OPIC partners pay back: American International School of Abuja

(Part 4 in an ongoing series) In 2006, OPIC committed a $3,250,000 loan to support the construction of a new campus for the American International School of Abuja (AISA), a day school educating Nigerian and international students from... Read more...

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OPIC’s Webb describes investment successes in vulnerable countries

Tracey Webb, OPIC Vice President, Structured Finance and Solutions, spoke on a panel on Energy Development May 19 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she said many of OPIC’s most successful projects have been in the... Read more...

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Survey shows measured optimism for investing in emerging market private equity

OPIC provides financing and political risk insurance to emerging market private equity funds, such as the Silverlands Fund, which invests in small farms in Africa.   More than two-thirds of global limited partners plan to maintain or... Read more...

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