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Students at a Montessori school in Port Harcourt, Nigeria work with blocks, books and other learning materials acquired through an OPIC-supported e-commerce site that connects African schools, businesses and consumers with U.S. retailers.

Africa’s limited brick-and-mortar retail has created a strong demand for online retail, but most western e-commerce sites do not ship to Africa or accept foreign currencies. Mall for Africa used financing from the OPIC-supported Helios Investment Partners, to build an e-commerce platform to connect African shoppers with hundreds of major U.S. retailers. In addition to helping these stores access Africa’s rapidly growing consumer population, it is also providing a way for small businesses and schools to purchase essential supplies, such as books.

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