OPIC 2X Women’s Initiative will mobilize $1 billion in capital to invest in the world’s women and unlock the multi-trillion dollar investment opportunity they represent. OPIC will directly invest $350 million in projects that will support lending to women-owned businesses, female entrepreneurs, as well as women-owned and women-led emerging market private equity funds.
Through gender lens investing, OPIC is focused on providing women in the developing world access to finance, jobs, and services that enhance economic opportunity.
As the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, OPIC supports investment in global development to advance economic prosperity and global stability. Women are key drivers to achieving both.
Why Invest in Women?
Women worldwide face a $300 billion shortfall in access to credit.
The world’s largest emerging market
The female economy represents a market more than twice the size of India and China combined.
A multi-trillion dollar opportunity
Closing the gender labor gap could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025.
Investing in women pays dividends
When women earn a competitive income, they spend 90 percent of it on their households; food, healthcare and education.
OPIC supports multiple projects to support lending to female entrepreneurs:
$75M million in financing to India’s Yes Bank for lending to local women-owned small and medium businesses.
$49M million in financing to XacBank to support women entrepreneurs in Mongolia. The loan was made under a joint venture under the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility to increase access to capital for up to 100,000 women entrepreneurs.
$225M million to India’s IndusInd Bank to support the expansion of the bank’s micro, small and medium lending programs across India, with at least a quarter of the facility targeting female entrepreneurs and previously unbanked populations.
OPIC’s work supporting the world’s women
Lending to female entrepreneurs
This factory worker turned entrepreneur transformed her life and built a dressmaking business this the help of a small loan provided through an OPIC partnership with Citi.Learn More
Expanding access to healthcare
OPIC financing to the Medical Credit Fund helps small health clinics in Sub-Saharan Africa invest in new equipment and expand to serve more patients, including new mothers and young children.Learn More
Empowering women smallholder farmers
Many of the world’s smallest farmers are women, who often struggle to produce enough food to support their own families. OPIC financing to the One Acre Fund is helping female farmers with access to fertilizer, equipment and training to help increase their yields.Learn More
Major infrastructure project supports women-owned businesses
The OPIC-supported Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito-Ecuador partners with women-owned businesses from the community to help them gain the skills to serve larger markets.Learn More