Liu Wen, The Branch Manager

As the branch manager for Accion partner Grassland Finance Ltd.’s Yuanbaoshan office, Liu Wen Xiu has watched the town transform. The local economy had been based on the coal industry – “You used to dig up money anywhere,” she said. But things are changing: “Now people are trying to find new ways of making a living.”

The Yuanbaoshan Grassland branch is changing, too. Accion helped Liu Wen and her team adopt technology for loan applications; 3G-connected tablets reduce paperwork, minimize errors, and expedite processing time. It’s one of the many ways that Accion helps our microfinance partners embrace innovation and use technology to bring more high-quality financial products to people and small businesses.