ACCION International

ACCION International

ACCION International

ACCION International


"To find out how much you've truly been blessed with in terms of love, time, energy, talent, joy, abundance, confidence, intelligence, wit, or any other quality, substance, or dispensation...give of them. Then you'll know what boundless really means."

~The Universe

TUT's Adventurers Club

August 2009 'Gifts From the Universe' Project:

ACCION International

Helping millions help themselves... one dollar at a time!

The best anti-poverty strategies are those that recognize the power that people have to improve their lives. Across the globe, impoverished men and women strive to survive by building businesses and creating income. Only by doing so can they access the full range of services, such as health, education, and housing, that improve their quality of life.


ACCION International is an innovator in financial access, pioneering many of the best practices and emerging standards in the industry. They provide a full range of management services, technical assistance, and training, as well as investment and governance support to help financial institutions build institutional capacity and financial strength in order to serve low-income households on a broad scale. Over the past 35 years, ACCION has helped to build & strengthen some of the most successful microfinance institutions (MFIs) in the world.


● The Role of Philanthropy in Microfinance ●


When microfinance first started out, it was a renegade idea: Lending to the poor was generally assumed to be risky. The pioneers of microfinance knew better, however, and they got to work building an industry on a foundation of institutional and individual donor support. Within a few, short decades, individual and corporate philanthropy has driven microfinance from its infancy to an industry that reaches an estimated 77 million microentrepreneurs.


The work is far from complete, however. The United Nations predicts that close to 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day, about half the world’s population. Poverty must be overcome with quality healthcare, education and employment. Microfinance ensures that people will have the financial tools they need to build small businesses, increase their income, and pay for better education and healthcare, working their own way out of poverty with dignity and pride.


To learn more about ACCION International, please visit their website:

As part of our TUT's Adventurers Club mission, we have chosen ACCION International as our adoptive organization for the month. To reach our collaborative goal of support for them, please donate a dollar or more now at the link below.


Happy Giving!