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  • ACCION International is a global nonprofit organization that supports microfinance institutions in their work to provide financial services to low-income clients. Accion provides management services, technical assistance, debt and equity investment and training to microfinance institutions and microfinance support organizations. The organization promotes the commercial model of microfinance, in which microfinance institutions obtain a double-bottom-line -- achieving both social and financial goals. Michael Schlein is the President and CEO of the company. Over its 52-year history, Accion helped build 63 microfinance institutions in 32 countries on four continents. Today, Accion works with an active network of 28 microfinance institutions in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. As of January, 2012, those institutions were collectively serving 5.1 million people with microloans and 2,095,422 people with savings products. Headquartered in Boston, United States, Accion also has offices in Washington, D.C., United States; Bogota, Colombia; Accra, Ghana; Bangalore, India and Beijing, China.

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