Microfinance

Beginning in 2016, the Foundation began phasing out grants toward microfinance efforts in order to focus on further developing our Fellowship programs. We remain supportive of the power and impact of microfinance work as an effective and successful route out of poverty for millions around the world.  

The Foundation has previously worked in partnership with FINCA International in support of encouraging entrepreneurship and free systems in Greater Central Asia. 

FINCA logo FINCA International is one of the few global microfinance organizations operating in Central Asia, working to develop financial cultures that are hospitable to entrepreneurship and investment.  In 2015 the Foundation supported FINCA's projects in Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Armenia.

Prior to focusing our microfinance support in the Greater Central Asia region, over previous years, the Foundation provided grants in support of microfinance projects in 20 countries around the world in partnership with the following organizations:

New Accion logo

Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with access to economic opportunity for all, by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. 

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Grameen Foundation is a global nonprofit organization that helps the world's poorest people achieve their full potential by providing access to essential financial services and information on health and agriculture that can transform their lives. 

Hand in Hand Logo

 

Hand in Hand International works to facilitate large-scale job creation through community microfinance and enterprise development.  The  Foundation has supported Hand in Hand's expansion of operations and pilot programs in Afghanistan. 

 

Opportunity Intl New Logo

Opportunity International serves over 5 million loan, saving and insurance clients in 22 countries. 

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