Earth Day slideshow: How OPIC invests in our planet
Each year, Earth Day presents an opportunity to highlight both the challenges the earth is facing and some of the progress made in addressing these challenges. As a development finance institution that supports development in more than 100 countries around the world, OPIC understands many of the challenges from global population growth to resource depletion, food insecurity and energy poverty that the earth and its people face. This is why OPIC works to support sustainable development that makes the most of all the earth’s resources.
Here is a look at some of the projects we’ve supported that are having a positive impact on the earth
Sustainability in the Amazon. OPIC provided financing to help juice maker Sambazon build an açaí juice processing facility in the Brazilian rainforest that supports sustainable farming practices, provides income to more than 10,000 farmers and has helped “make the rainforest too valuable to cut down.”Learn more
Bolstering food production and improving agricultural practices. In Georgia, where much of the food is produced on very small farms that have only a tenuous connection to larger food transportation and production, OPIC provided financing to dairy producer Sante GMT, which has established a network of milk collection centers around the countryside, to boost food production and help remote farmers earn income. Learn more
Expanding off-grid solar access. OPIC provided financing to Greenlight Planet, which is introducing affordable solar lighting and phone charging stations to communities throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Learn more
Sustainable agriculture and water management. The Sorwathe Tea Plantation and processing facility in Rwanda was built in 1978 by one of the first U.S. investors in Rwanda, and rebuilt almost two decades later with the support of OPIC political risk insurance. Today, the facility purchases tea leaves from thousands of small farmers around the country, generating an important source of income for the local population. In 2012, the U.S. State Department honored the project with an Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its support of numerous corporate initiatives including sustainable forestry and water management and the production of environmentally responsible high quality tea.Learn more
Empowering female farmers. OPIC financing to nonprofit social investment fund Root Capital supports loans to rural farmers in Latin America and Africa that cannot access traditional bank loans, while also providing additional education and training to help these farmers improve productivity. Learn more