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Featured Photo: Bringing school supplies and books to Africa

  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.... Read more...

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This OPIC-supported startup is connecting U.S. retailers to Africa's growing middle class

  By Chris Folayan Founder and CEO MallforAfrica.com This piece originally ran in How We Made it in Africa ​​​​​​​ In 2013, I was a successful California-based entrepreneur, who had already built and sold multiple high-tech... Read more...

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An innovative approach to reducing blindness in Cameroon: OPIC featured in AllAfrica

Cataract surgery being performed in Cameroon   October 12 is World Sight Day a day of awareness of blindness and vision impairment around the world. Like so many health challenges, blindness impacts the people of Africa... Read more...

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OPIC's Global Energy Program marks its tenth year bringing electricity to underserved populations around the world

​​​​​​​This year marks the 10th anniversary of OPIC’s Global Energy Program, established in 2007 to support projects to expand access to electricity, one of the world’s major development challenges. Over the past decade, the program has committed... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Extending the growing season in Kenya

(Photo Credit: Hailey Tucker/One Acre Fund)   In Western Kenya, these smallholder farmers work with OPIC partner One Acre Fund, to plant their crop earlier in the season to increase their yields. Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa,... Read more...

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Delegation visits OPIC project in Togo during AGOA Forum

OPIC Director for Business Development Peter Ballinger (pictured second from the right), based out of Johannesburg, joined the delegation's visit.   In Togo, a delegation led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer visits... Read more...

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How OPIC helped an American business bring electricity to one of Africa’s poorest countries

Next month, the United States and Togo will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, an annual gathering that this year will focus on the U.S. and Africa partnering for prosperity. The setting of this year’s forum, in one of Africa’... Read more...

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Study suggests China on track to become Africa's largest source of FDI

Africa’s fast growing economies offer a great opportunity for investors, such as Little Rock, Arkansas-based Westrock Coffee Holdings, which uses OPIC support to modernize Rwanda’s coffee industry.   China has jumped from being a... Read more...

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Helping businesses help the world’s farmers

In Senegal, OPIC financing is helping farmers lease equipment like tractors and cold storage facilities so to help them grow, store and sell more food, like these mangoes pictured.   Many of the world’s farmers are unable to... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Providing clean drinking water to hundreds of thousands of families in Algiers

In Algeria, where the Sahara meets the Mediterranean, sea water is abundant but drinking water is scarce. The Hamma Water Desalination plant uses reverse osmosis technology to transform sea water, a resource that is abundant but unusable in its... Read more...

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