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Featured photo: Finca International supports women entrepreneurs in Mexico with microfinance loans

Photo Credit: Anthony Randazzo   Microfinance group members in Tlayacapan, Mexico meet to collect installments on a loan from Finca International, a U.S. microfinance institution with a global footprint in 21 countries.  This... Read more...

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Expanding Horizons Workshop comes on the heels of National Small Business Week

This week is National Small Business Week, an event organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to recognize American entrepreneurs and small business owners. OPIC understands that American small businesses are the heart... Read more...

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How OPIC extends its impact through partnerships

2013 annual report highlights OPIC partnerships   OPIC has a long tradition of partnering with private sector businesses to catalyze investment in challenging markets around the world. But the agency’s work extends beyond... Read more...

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OPIC President Elizabeth Littlefield discusses social impact investing on The White House Blog

OPIC President and Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Littlefield attended the UK’s G8 Social Impact Investing Forum in London this week. On The White House Blog, Littlefield, along with Karen G. Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business... Read more...

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OPIC joins global discussions in London around social impact investing

This week, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield traveled to London to participate in two events that focused on impact investing, which has long been a focus at OPIC and is increasingly attracting attention from investors and... Read more...

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Helping SME’s invest in emerging markets: A conversation with James Polan, OPIC’s Vice President of Small and Medium Enterprise Finance

                        OPIC’s Small and Medium-Enterprise (SME) Financing is available for businesses with annual revenues of less than $400 million... Read more...

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Why the world’s poor are a good credit risk

OPIC financing is supporting construction of the Los Castanos de Choloma affordable housing project in Honduras.   By John Aldonas Deputy Vice President, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise Finance Does it make business sense to... Read more...

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Africa Day: Reflecting on progress and investing for the future

The waiting room of a health clinic in Tanzania that has used a loan from the Medical Credit Fund to upgrade its facility.   May 25 is Africa Day, which recognizes the founding of the African Union in 1963. This year,... Read more...

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Inc. magazine highlights entrepreneurial opportunities in frontier markets

Countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan and Haiti “have a long way to go before earning the optimistic label ‘emerging markets,’” note the authors of a recent Inc. magazine series,Entrepreneurship on the Frontier. Nonetheless, they say that... Read more...

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OPIC celebrates innovation in 2012 annual report

  OPIC’s newly-released 2012 annual report showcases several key projects and agency priorities of the past year and highlights the role of innovation in our work. Innovation has long been a guiding principal at OPIC, which has... Read more...

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