1960s

Accion's Early Days

Accion was founded in 1961 by a UC Berkeley law student. We began with hands-on work in Latin America; the first group of 30 Americans worked in urban centers around Venezuela.

1970s

Microlending

By the early 1970s, Accion’s leaders were beginning to focus on the lack of economic opportunity in Latin American cities and began issuing small loans.

1980s-90s

Expansion

Over the next decade, Accion helped start microfinance programs in 14 countries in Latin America with a loan repayment rate of 97 percent.

2000s

Expanding Globally

Throughout the 2000s, Accion extended operations into India, Sub-Saharan Africa, and established the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) — an action-oriented think tank.

2010s

New Initiatives & Programs

Accion launched its seed-stage investment initiative Accion Venture Lab and participated in the launch of the Accion Frontier Inclusion Fund.

Latest news

News Feb 22, 2019
Accion Venture Lab opens applications for 2nd Company Builder programme
News Feb 22, 2019
The Fintech Revolution Is Here. Can It Help Build A Better Economy?
News Feb 20, 2019
MetLife Australia announces partnership Visa to launch ‘Inclusive Fintech 50’
News Feb 20, 2019
50 deals that signal a growing impact investing market in Latin America
News Feb 19, 2019
African startups invited to apply for Inclusive Fintech 50 competition
News Feb 15, 2019
Inclusive Fintech 50 initiative launched to identify top financial inclusion startups
News Feb 15, 2019
African startups invited to apply for Inclusive Fintech 50 competition
News Feb 15, 2019
African startups invited to apply for Inclusive Fintech 50 competition
News Feb 14, 2019
TechCabal Daily, 716 – South African Startup, RapidDeploy, Raises USD 12million In Series A Funding.
News Feb 13, 2019
Accion Venture Lab launches second edition of Company Builder programme
News Feb 13, 2019
Financing the Green New Deal (podcast), safe ride-hailing in Latin America, South African impact ventures, overheard at #EconImpact
News Feb 12, 2019
Apply for Accion Venture Lab’s Company Builder for Innovative Fintech Startups
Press Release Feb 11, 2019
MetLife Foundation and Visa launch “Inclusive Fintech 50” to elevate early-stage fintechs addressing financial inclusion
News Feb 07, 2019
Fintech CredRight expands to provide loans for SMEs
News Feb 05, 2019
Jeitto Closes New Funding Round

Meet the members of our Board of Directors

Accion Financials and Annual Reports

<noscript><iframe src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-T9FNLSV" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden"></iframe></noscript>