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Throwback Thursday: A look at why the world’s poor are a good credit risk

OPIC financing supported construction of the Los Castanos de Choloma affordable housing project in Honduras.   Does it make sense to lend to the world’s poorest people? Two years ago, OPIC Deputy Vice President John... Read more...

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Water for agriculture: How one innovative project is helping African farmers grow more food

Well in Solenzo region, Burkina Faso   March 22 is World Water Day, an occasion to remember how water is fundamental to life and fundamental to global development. In many parts of Africa, poor farmers operate with little... Read more...

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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending to women in Africa

                              A BRAC microfinance recipient who has used loan money to support her restaurant business is... Read more...

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Reaching the neediest: One OPIC client explains its strategy for investing in the world’s poorest and most remote communities

As a leader in Impact Investing, OPIC helps channel capital to address some of the world’s major social and environmental challenges such as access to education, healthcare and financial services. But to get that capital to the people... Read more...

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Featured photo: Supporting microfinance lending in sub-Saharan Africa

  The credit portfolio manager of WAGES, a microfinance institution in Sub-Saharan Africa, speaks to a group of farmers in Togo who have used micro-loans to install micro-irrigation systems to improve crop productivity. OPIC, along... Read more...

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Africa rising: Survey shows dramatic improvements for investors

Africa has risen to become the second most attractive investment destination in the world, Ernst & Young’s latest Africa attractiveness survey shows. This year’s survey, which measures foreign direct investment into the continent as... Read more...

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OPIC and Deutsche Bank announce fund supporting microfinance and Smart Campaign principles

OPIC, along with Deutsche Bank,  announced its commitment to the $100 million Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II (“Consortium II”), a fund supporting the growth of microfinance institutions that pursue a high level of client... Read more...

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OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partner for event on microfinance

OPIC and Habitat for Humanity partnered together for a public outreach event this week highlighting challenges and opportunities in development related to Habitat for Humanity’s annual Shelter Report. The report, Step by Step:... Read more...

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OPIC recognizes International Youth Day 2013

Today is International Youth Day, a day created by the United Nations in 1999 to mark the important contribution youth make to the world. This year, International Youth Day focuses on youth migration and the rewards and risks associated with it... Read more...

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Client spotlight: Global Partnerships invests more than just money in poor communities in Latin America

                      What do the world’s poor people need? Money is one simple answer, but money alone is often not enough to support long-term solutions to... Read more...

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