Featured photo: Quinoa crop empowers women in Ecuador
In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, this photograph represents one of the many women that OPIC seeks to support through its financing. This woman works with the cooperative SumakLife to grow organic quinoa on her farm in Ecuador. SumakLife, which purchases quinoa from indigenous farmers – including many women – works to help them earn fair trade and organic premiums for their crops. The company is supported by OPIC client Root Capital, which has financed improvements that have enabled SumakLife to supply more quinoa to the international market, improving income potential for rural women farmers and their families.