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Featured Organization: Accion

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In Their Words:

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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.

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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.

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We are helping to build a strong financial inclusion industry with high standards and broad engagement:
  • Redoubling industry commitment to consumer protection through the Smart Campaign;
  • Providing platforms for industry collaboration, through the Microfinance CEO Working Group, the Red Accion, and the Financial Inclusion Equity Council; and
  • Promoting consumer protection, transparency, and social-performance measurement by working on initiatives such as the Social Performance Task Force, Microfinance Transparency, and others.

WHY THEY MATTER: Accion helps microfinance internationally, while still focusing on important elements of change such as governance and client education.

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Find out more at: http://www.accion.org/

 

 

We are professional women 55+.  Most of us were active in the Women’s Movement.  We have traveled extensively in developing countries.  On the ground we’ve seen compelling evidence of the truth of the research, the profound difference it makes to society if mothers have food security for their children and sustainable futures for their families. We’ve been awed by the transformation of women who found opportunities to emerge from poverty and taken control of their own lives.  We’ve walked beside them and heard their stories.  We’ve seen their self-esteem grow, their leadership skills emerge and their voices heard.  We can help change the world for these women for decades to come by investing the same passion we summoned for our own battle for women’s equality.  

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