Small and Growing Businesses are designed to grow. They may launch with only a few employees, but with the right support they can scale to provide quality jobs for hundreds, while also stimulating the economy and providing critical goods and services for their communities.  

Afghanistan - creating opportunity for wool producers

photo: american wool and cashmere

photo: american wool and cashmere

Afghanistan is an important wool producer, but has lacked the infrastructure to prepare it for export and distribution. A partnerships between an entrepreneur born in Afghanistan and OPIC is working to change that.

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Peru - A Dream Come to Life

photo: instituto invertir

photo: instituto invertir

From an early age, Karolo Perez Vigil harbored a desire to start his own business. Now he runs a design and construction enterprise in a remote region in Peru that has created more than 60 quality jobs, and is fostering economic growth in the region.

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Rwanda - A foundation for the future built on blocks of cheese 

Photo courtesy of Land O'Lakes INternational Development/Land O'Lakes Inc

Photo courtesy of Land O'Lakes INternational Development/Land O'Lakes Inc

The right equipment and training can make a crucial difference for turning a small business into a growing one that creates inclusive jobs and stable incomes. Samuel Ndoli moved his family back to Rwanda after political stability returned to the country, and they're turning a dairy business into a foundation for a sustainable future for themselves, and for their community. Learn more > 

TOGO - Creating jobs that spur economic growth and equality

Photo Credit: diaka sali/cajou espoir/root capital

Photo Credit: diaka sali/cajou espoir/root capital

Cajou Espoir is Togo’s first cashew processor. West Africa produces half of the world’s cashews, but exports over 95% as raw nuts.  Cajou Espoir was founded in 2004 by entrepreneurs who saw an opportunity to develop local processing capacity, and to create jobs in an area where the majority of people live on less than $1 a day.  Cajou Espoir launched in 2004 with less than 30 employees, but has since grown to employ more than 500 people.  The facility processes over 2,000 tons of cashew annually for US and European buyers. Cajou Espoir plans to develop a second facility in Togo. Keep reading > 

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