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This Wyoming-based, woman-owned business sells its American-made mobile health clinics around the world. Learn how OPIC helps

​​​​​​​At OPIC, we often feature the stories of our American business partners who we support in emerging markets. But the benefits of OPIC’s work extend beyond our immediate clients since the projects we support often result in procurement of... Read more...

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Support for small businesses helps create jobs for women in rural Kenya

By Ajay Rao Director, OPIC Small and Medium Enterprise Finance   OPIC's support for small business lending is helping a local rose grower in Kenya manage drought conditions, create jobs and increase livelihoods. Like many... Read more...

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Building and emboldening a financial infrastructure that empowers women and SMEs

OPIC partnered with USAID and Global Communities to reach SMEs and women entrepreneurs in Jordan   OPIC has long seen investing in infrastructure that supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as a highly effective... Read more...

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Did you know: Technology promotes global development

  In the West Bank Bahiya Falafayl used a $25,000 loan from an OPIC-supported investment to start a clothing business. She makes regular payments on her loan using her mobile phone, illustrating how financial technology, or “fintech”,... Read more...

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Cultivating financial opportunities for women: A conversation with Iftin Fatah

Fatah with a group of MFI borrowers in India   By forming effective partnerships with banks and microfinance institutions (MFIs) that have extensive networks in emerging markets, OPIC is able to help women in need of financial... Read more...

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Major infrastructure project empowers women-owned small businesses in Ecuador

By Merryl Burpoe Acting Vice President, OPIC Office of Investment Policy Business owner Alicia Gomez has expanded her operations with the support of a small business ​​​​​​​development and training program offered by the Mariscal Sucre... Read more...

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Did you know: Women own more than 30 percent of small businesses in the developing world

This shop owner in Lebanon used a loan from OPIC-partner Global Communities Vitas s.a.l. to purchase supplies for her shop.   In the developing world, women own more than 30 percent of all smaller businesses. Despite this strong... Read more...

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Partnering with local finance institutions to support women and MSMEs

  Last week, OPIC bolstered its ongoing commitment to female entrepreneurs and micro, small, and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) with two agreements to support lending to these groups. OPIC on Thursday signed an agreement with... Read more...

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Helping women in Myanmar help their communities: OPIC featured in Forbes

Photo Credit: John Rae for Accion   In Myanmar, where only a small share of adults have access to formal financial services, OPIC recently committed to support microfinance lending to the country’s female microentrepreneurs in a... Read more...

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Improving the lives of women and their communities with clean drinking water

Photo credit: Living Water International   In many parts of the world, drinking water is so scarce that women must spend hours each day walking to collect it, transport it back to their communities, and boil it so that it’s safe... Read more...

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