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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: American Wool & Cashmere

OPIC seeks to support projects that will serve as foundations for sustained economic growth and one of the key ways this is accomplished is by creating opportunity for people in emerging markets. American Wool & Cashmere, which earlier this... Read more...

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Focus on OPIC’s diaspora partners: American Wool and Cashmere CEO Nesar Nusraty

(First in a series of posts looking at OPIC’s work with diaspora communities) In its work supporting development in emerging markets around the world, OPIC frequently partners with diaspora investors and businesses that are based in the U.S. but... Read more...

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Littlefield’s testimony to Congress emphasizes OPIC’s commitment to vulnerable countries

More than one-third of OPIC’s active portfolio is invested in places that are in or are vulnerable to violent conflict – a commitment based on the Agency’s understanding that economic stability can help support political stability. OPIC President... Read more...

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The hard and necessary work of investing in the world’s most vulnerable places

OPIC supports a project in Afghanistan that helps suppliers of raw cashmere build a supply chain and sell their product for export. The business has helped create more than 1,500 jobs for the men and women in the region.   “... Read more...

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Snapshots in development: Annual report highlights OPIC’s far-reaching impact

From Vietnam to Afghanistan, Malawi and Brazil, OPIC supports projects that build power plants and water treatment facilities, increase access to food and healthcare, introduce cleaner sources of energy and help address poverty by building... Read more...

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Featured photo: A growing wool industry in Afghanistan

A livestock herder tends his flock in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. With the help of OPIC financing, Maryland-based American Wool & Cashmere has developed a regional infrastructure of centralized suppliers in... Read more...

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Supporting investment in Afghanistan

Last week, OPIC joined the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce’s 8th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference, where OPIC Senior Investment Officer John Didiuk (pictured) discussed the agency’s mission, private sector development... Read more...

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A pivotal year for foreign affairs, a banner year for OPIC: Read the fiscal 2011 annual report

OPIC recently published its annual report for fiscal 2011, a year that OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield describes as “a pivotal year for foreign affairs and a banner year for the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.”... Read more...

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OPIC’s Monthly News Wrap-Up: March 2012

We frequently share the important pieces of journalism we find on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Starting this month, we will also begin recapping on our blog some of the stories we consider most important to helping solve... Read more...

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Expanding small business lending in Afghanistan

OPIC and Afghan Growth Finance (AGF) have agreed to expand an existing partnership and this week signed an agreement to co-finance up to $11.5 million in loans to small businesses in Afghanistan. The new facility will provide small and... Read more...

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