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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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Building and emboldening a financial infrastructure that empowers women and SMEs

OPIC partnered with USAID and Global Communities to reach SMEs and women entrepreneurs in Jordan   OPIC has long seen investing in infrastructure that supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as a highly effective... Read more...

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Did you know: Technology promotes global development

  In the West Bank Bahiya Falafayl used a $25,000 loan from an OPIC-supported investment to start a clothing business. She makes regular payments on her loan using her mobile phone, illustrating how financial technology, or “fintech”,... Read more...

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Cultivating financial opportunities for women: A conversation with Iftin Fatah

Fatah with a group of MFI borrowers in India   By forming effective partnerships with banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) that have extensive networks in emerging markets, OPIC is able to help women in need of financial... Read more...

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Did you know: Women own more than 30 percent of small businesses in the developing world

This shop owner in Lebanon used a loan from OPIC-partner Global Communities Vitas s.a.l. to purchase supplies for her shop.   In the developing world, women own more than 30 percent of all smaller businesses. Despite this strong... Read more...

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Partnering with local finance institutions to support women and MSMEs

  Last week, OPIC bolstered its ongoing commitment to female entrepreneurs and micro, small, and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) with two agreements to support lending to these groups. OPIC on Thursday signed an agreement with... Read more...

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Helping women in Myanmar help their communities: OPIC featured in Forbes

Photo Credit: John Rae for Accion   In Myanmar, where only a small share of adults have access to formal financial services, OPIC recently committed to support microfinance lending to the country’s female microentrepreneurs in a... Read more...

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How access to finance supports economic stability in Iraq

​​​​​​​OPIC has in recent years increasingly focused its investments in regions affected by conflict. By supporting economic development in these regions, OPIC supports national security and foreign policy priorities, and today about one-third of... Read more...

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OPIC’s innovative culture at work around the world

This week OPIC ranked Number One for Innovation among all U.S. Government Agencies in the Partnership for Public Service survey. This photo, of irrigation equipment that is being used to extend the growing season in Kpalime, Togo,... Read more...

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