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A US small business will use a loan from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) to expand its rawhide leather processing operation in Mali in West Africa.

Opic will provide a US$1mn loan to Adoberia Sahel, a company owned in part by a US citizen, to operate a new facility that will pickle sheep and goat hides for sale in the US, Europe and Mali, enabling the company to raise its annual production capacity to 1.5mn skins.


A majority of the leather prepared for the American market will be used for military glove contracts that specify the use of sheep skins.

With the new facility, Adoberia Sahel will be one of only three tanneries in Mali, a country prized for the quality of its goat and sheep hides.