We are a microfinance pioneer and impact investor. We are a champion of small businesses in the U.S.
Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with access to economic opportunity for all, by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. A world pioneer in microfinance, over the last 50 years we have helped build 63 microfinance institutions in 32 countries on four continents. Those institutions are currently reaching millions of clients. The Accion U.S. Network is the largest microfinance network in the United States and, since inception, has served hundreds of thousands of clients with loans and support. For further information, visit www.accion.org.
Our Mission Our mission is to give people the financial tools they need to improve their lives.
Our Vision Our vision is to build a financially inclusive world with access to economic opportunity for all.
Our Belief We believe in a financially inclusive world—one in which every individual can seize the opportunity to access a full range of high-quality, affordable financial services. Through access, each person we serve can capitalize on his or her own capability and drive to achieve real economic gains—and build brighter futures for themselves and their families.
Our Strategy We are building the next generation of top-tier microfinance institutions (MFIs):
Using our 50 years of experience to help smaller MFIs achieve greater scale, sustainability and efficiency;
Helping MFIs expand their products and services to address their clients’ full range of needs; and
Focusing on un- and under-served regions, such as India, China, Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa.
We are pushing the frontiers of financial inclusion beyond MFIs:
Accelerating the development of new business models, technologies and channels; and
Providing seed funding and assistance for promising start-ups and adjacent technologies through impact investment initiatives.
We are helping to build a strong industry with high standards:
Redoubling the industry’s commitment to consumer protection, transparency and social-performance measurement; and
Working with and strengthening the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, the Smart Campaign for client protection, Financial Inclusion 2020, Accion Network, Microfinance Transparency, Social Performance Task Force, Microfinance CEO Working Group, and more.