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Featured photo: A date producer creates jobs and economic opportunity in the West Bank

In the West Bank city of Jericho, local women work at the Nakheel Palestine processing facility preparing a variety of quality dates for sale in markets around the world. OPIC supports Nakheel through its financing to the Siraj Palestine Fund, which invests in businesses in the West Bank and has helped Nakheel expand its production and refrigeration capacity, while introducing efficiencies to help lower the cost of production. In a region with high unemployment, Nakheel has 80 fulltime employees as well as about 500 seasonal employees, many of them women, who work harvesting dates from its 25,000 trees and preparing them to be packaged and sold.  

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