About Accion

Our Mission & Vision

Accion is a global nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. Accion's vision is to build a financially inclusive world with access to economic opportunity for all.

Who We Are & Our Belief

We are a global nonprofit dedicated to creating economic opportunity by connecting people to the financial tools they need to improve their lives. A world pioneer in microfinance, we were founded in 1961 and issued our first microloan in 1973. Over time, we’ve helped build 63 microfinance institutions in 32 countries on four continents – Africa, Asia, Latin America and the U.S. These institutions are currently reaching millions of clients.

We work in communities where even the smallest dollar amount has a deep and lasting impact. Today Accion serves a total of 4.2 million enterprising clients in 22 countries. By building strong microfinance institutions, pushing the frontier of financial services through innovation and investment, and developing high industry standards that center on the needs of clients, we’re striving to reach the nearly three billion people worldwide who still seek these crucial financial services.

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.