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Meet Entrepreneurs from Around the World

Each day, Accion extends access to financial services to millions of hardworking people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States, empowering them with hope for their futures. Through microfinance, the entrepreneurs are able to earn more income, grow their businesses and build their assets. 

We invite you to explore individual stories of success with microfinance, and get to know some of the millions of brave and industrious people who are working their own way up the economic ladder, with dignity and pride.

Alhaja Falolu Afusat

Lagos, Nigeria
Client of ACCION Microfinance Bank, Limited

Alhaja Falolu Afusat is queen bee at Daleko – head of the market.  She's been selling vegetable oil here since 1979...

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Sukumar Pal

Mumbai, India
Client of Accion partner Swadhaar FinServe

There are entrepreneurs, and then there are, well, entrepreneurs. Sukumar Pal, Mumbai fishmonger, falls squarely into the second category...

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Lidia Calzado

San Diego, United States
Client of Accion San Diego

Lidia Calzado not only overcame the challenges inherent to small business owners, but also prevailed in being legally blind, moving to San Diego as a first generation Cuban immigrant...

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Juan Pirir 

Guatemala, City, Guatemala
Client of Accion partner, Genesis Empresarial

When Juan Pirir was a boy, he had to work in the fields to help support his family...

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Li Xiaoyan

Yuanbaoshan, China
Client of Accion Microfinance China (AMC)

Li Xiaoyan and her husband, Han, have opened a small restaurant to see if they can create a better life for themselves...

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Ertunc Gundogdu

New York City, United States
Client of Accion USA

Homesick for his native Turkey, Eddie Gundogdu set out to create an authentic Mediterranean restaurant in New York City, where he could share the flavor of his homeland to New Yorkers...

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