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OPIC-supported project receives award for Innovation in Social Good

A Cambodian family applies for a home improvement loan facilitated by Habitat for Humanity’s MicroBuild, an OPIC partner.   Classy, an online and mobile fundraising platform for social enterprises, has awarded OPIC- supported... Read more...

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Continuing support for both women-owned and SME businesses

  Female entrepreneurs, along with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), are a leading driver of economic growth in India. On July 13, OPIC reaffirmed its commitment to these sectors of the economy by agreeing to increase lending... Read more...

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Study suggests China on track to become Africa's largest source of FDI

Africa’s fast growing economies offer a great opportunity for investors, such as Little Rock, Arkansas-based Westrock Coffee Holdings, which uses OPIC support to modernize Rwanda’s coffee industry.   China has jumped from being a... Read more...

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Did you know: Reliable power supply is a key challenge to Africa’s growth

With an expected 5 to 8 percent annual growth for demand in electricity, improvements in infrastructure are critical.   Senegal, like many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, suffers from severe power shortages as well as erratic,... Read more...

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OPIC in Ukraine: Supporting the small businesses that will drive growth and stability

Ukraine is often referred to as the breadbasket of Europe but many of the country’s smaller farmers need support to increase yields.   OPIC’s commitment to supporting development in conflict-affected regions that are critical to... Read more...

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Major infrastructure project empowers women-owned small businesses in Ecuador

By Merryl Burpoe Acting Vice President, OPIC Office of Investment Policy Business owner Alicia Gomez has expanded her operations with the support of a small business ​​​​​​​development and training program offered by the Mariscal Sucre... Read more...

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OPIC partners pay back: Our 2016 partners round-up

OPIC is able to operate as a self-sustaining U.S. Government agency because it works with clients that have strong business plans for supporting development, and generates money from the projects it supports. In fiscal year 2015, 35 OPIC partners... Read more...

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The Deal highlights OPIC’s work bringing stability to developing countries

OPIC-supported Amman East Power Plant in Jordan was the country’s first independent power plant.    OPIC’s financial services continue to be a stabilizing force for investments in conflict-ridden, unpredictable... Read more...

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Catching the spirit of the horse: Investing in small businesses and entrepreneurs in Mongolia

By Ajay Rao Associate Director, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise finance During the Mongolian festival of Naadam, it is said that whomever catches the sweat of the winning horse during the national horse race will enjoy renewed happiness,... Read more...

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OPIC’s work supporting high-impact projects featured on SME Finance Forum

  OPIC’s Portfolio for Impact (PI) pilot program was formed after the Agency started noticing that promising applications for financing were coming from businesses that were smaller and younger than the typical OPIC client. Many lacked... Read more...

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