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OPIC’s Littlefield writes in The Huffington Post on the progress and promise of the world’s women

Some of today’s most promising stories of women’s progress come from poor countries in the developing world, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote this week in The Huffington Post. The piece, published on International... Read more...

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Infographic: Supporting women through expanded access to healthcare, finance, clean air and more

International Women’s day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. Here’s a snapshot of some of the ways OPIC-supported projects are helping the world’s women. Read more...

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Slideshow: How OPIC invests in women

By investing in development, OPIC invests in women. As the world marks International Women’s Day, these images show some of the women who have benefited from our work. Helping farmers in Africa earn more income. OPIC supports multiple... Read more...

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Featured Photo: Supporting entrepreneurs in India

A woman named Manjula, who owns a small dressmaking business in Bangalore, sends fabric to her shop. Manjula is one of the many entrepreneurs and small businesses that OPIC has supported through financing to the Indian microfinance institution... Read more...

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Manjula’s story: A look at one of the many entrepreneurs supported by OPIC investment

In honor of Global Entrepreneurship Week we’re featuring this video of Manjula, an Indian factory worker turned entrepreneur who transformed her life with a small loan provided through an OPIC partnership with Citi. Dissatisfied... Read more...

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Featured photo: Kenyan woman giving back uses microfinance loan to open a school

In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re featuring female entrepreneurs around the world who have benefited from OPIC financing. This picture shows schoolchildren in Rongai, Kenya heading to class Pine Breeze Academy, which was started by... Read more...

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Featured photo: Malian woman supports family with restaurant business

In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we’re featuring women in developing countries who have been able to start or grow a small business with the support of OPIC financing. The photo shows a mother of six in Mali preparing food to sell... Read more...

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Featured photo: Sweet success in Uganda

In honor of World Food Day, we are highlighting agribusiness entrepreneurs such as Madina Namanda who owns and operates a successful wholesale, commercial pineapple plantation in Uganda and, in doing so, has been able to increase her income.... Read more...

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Featured photo: Supporting businesswomen in Costa Rica through microfinance

A local businesswoman in Costa Rica displays her merchandise at her tailoring business, which she was able to expand thanks to a loan from Coopenae. OPIC supported a Microfinance Growth Fund that provided Coopenae, the largest regulated... Read more...

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The artisan as an engine of economic growth

This Peruvian artisan was able to use financing to expand her business and hire 45 women.   Small artisans play a big role in many emerging economies. The “artisan economy” has an estimated annual value of $32 billion and is one... Read more...

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