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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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OPIC in Ukraine: Supporting the small businesses that will drive growth and stability

Ukraine is often referred to as the breadbasket of Europe but many of the country’s smaller farmers need support to increase yields.   OPIC’s commitment to supporting development in conflict-affected regions that are critical to... 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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OPIC workshop in New York attracts more than 180 American small businesses

Small businesses and entrepreneurs attend OPIC's Expanding Horizons workshop in New York City   Last week in New York City, OPIC hosted another successful workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs to discuss the... 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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Did you know: In developing countries, one restaurant can bring many benefits

  In downtown Tbilisi, Georgia, this Dunkin’ Donuts provides a place for locals to gather and enjoy a sweet treat in a country still rebuilding from a turbulent past. OPIC financing is supporting the introduction of a group of... Read more...

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