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Why We Care about the SDGs… And What We’re Doing About It

Why We Care about the SDGs… And What We’re Doing About It

By Sonja Kelly, Director of Research, Center for Financial Inclusion This week and next, three Accion staff — myself, Pablo Antón Díaz, and Kathleen...

Chatbots for Financial Inclusion: How to Dance the Cha-Cha-Chatbot

Chatbots for Financial Inclusion: How to Dance the Cha-Cha-Chatbot

By Nicholas Drayson There’s been a lot of chatbot chit-chat in the financial inclusion space recently, and for good reason....

Woodcarver Daw Yin Yin Myint

Women Entrepreneurs of Myanmar: Woodcarver Daw Yin Yin Myint’s Story of Running a Family Business

The following is from an interview with Daw Yin Yin Myint, 44 years old, who inherited her family’s wood carving...

Innovation in MSME Finance: First Circle in the Philippines

Innovation in MSME Finance: First Circle in the Philippines

By Srishti Kedia The vast majority of businesses in the Philippines — 99% or more — belong in the micro, small, and medium (MSME) category....

Education and Opportunity in South Africa: Lulalend Partners with IMAS

Education and Opportunity in South Africa: Lulalend Partners with IMAS

This article was written by Odette Bester, Digital Marketing Manager at Lulalend, a South African fintech startup that provides small...

Bridging the Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

Bridging the Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

Women own 36 percent of all registered businesses in the United States, but women-owned businesses, or WOBs, account for only...

Banks and Fintech Startups are Working Together to Accelerate Financial Inclusion

Banks and Fintech Startups are Working Together to Accelerate Financial Inclusion

By Michael Schlein The newest report from the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion and the Institute of International Finance (IIF) discusses the value of...

The Future of Finance in Myanmar is Digital

The Future of Finance in Myanmar is Digital

By Jason Loughnane Recently, we traveled to Myanmar to see for ourselves how the arrival of technology is changing the...

Accion Venture Lab Expands Africa Team

Accion Venture Lab Expands Africa Team

By Amee Parbhoo Accion Venture Lab has always had a commitment to growing and supporting fintech startups that are advancing financial...

When Fintech Founders Get Together: Highlights from Our 2017 CEO Summit

When Fintech Founders Get Together: Highlights from Our 2017 CEO Summit

By Nancy Widjaja Accion Venture Lab’s mission is to support early stage fintech startups in scaling innovations that enable underserved...