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Featured photo: The Harmelia sunflower farm in Ukraine

The Harmelia sunflower farm near Kharkiv in Ukraine, the world’s largest producer of sunflower oil. OPIC is an investor in the project through its support for the SigmaBleyzer Investment Fund for Southeast Europe. The project is having a... Read more...

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Featured photo: Guaranties for small business lending in Paraguay

  Paraguayan entrepreneur Mercedes Cabrera de Idiarte started a clothing manufacturing business with five sewing machines, and today has 25 machines, 36 employees and sells apparel across Paraguay, generating annual revenue of 200... Read more...

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OPIC earns a top rating for innovation in the federal government

In an effort to improve efficiency and reduce application review times, OPIC has put more of its application forms online. Innovation has long been a core value at OPIC: It is reflected in the groundbreaking financial and insurance... Read more...

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Monthly news wrap-up: August 2012

Late last month, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) reported that farmers in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are increasing the use of small-scale irrigation schemes as a result of drought that puts the security of food supplies... Read more...

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Featured photo: World Water Week

In Ghana, water is purified to make it safe for consumption. The technology is part of the country's National Water Infrastructure Modernization Project, a partnership between Belstar Corp., a Florida company, Deutsche Bank Trust Co., and... Read more...

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It’s as simple as a stove

How one appliance can saves lives, empower women, and reduce pollution in the developing world. By Mimi Alemayehou Nearly every mother’s daily routine includes making meals for her children no matter where on this planet she happens to live.... Read more...

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Featured photo: Conserving water during irrigation

  A field in Mexico uses a drip tape irrigation system provided by Wade Rain Inc., a small business based in Tualatin, Oregon. Wade Rain’s Mexican subsidiary sells irrigation equipment — most of it manufactured in the U.S. — to small... Read more...

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OPIC helps kick off ILPA webcast series

On August 15, OPIC Chief Investment Officer Jay Koh joined IFC Chief Investment Officer and Manager David Wilton for a live webcast session on emerging market private equity. Last week, during a live webcast entitledEmerging Market... Read more...

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Measuring developmental impact: A look at Broad Cove Ecohomes Liberia

In 2011, OPIC provided a $1.9 million loan to Broad Cove Ecohomes, Liberia, the U.S. developer of middle-income homes in Liberia, where years of civil war had resulted in a wave of migration to the capital city of Monrovia, and left a... Read more...

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Featured photo: Affordable, sustainable homes in Liberia

Housing construction at the site of Broad Cove Ecohomes, Liberia outside of Monrovia. Broad Cove is using an OPIC loan to build moderately-priced houses in a region where affordable housing is virtually nonexistent. Broad Cove is using... Read more...

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