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Keep Microfinance Strong

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March 2009
Let's Keep Microfinance Strong

For millions of the world's poor, access to microfinance has thus far protected them from the most severe effects of the global recession. And while the microfinance industry has held up where the mainstream financial industry has collapsed, it is threatened by the same credit and liquidity crisis faced by the rest of the economy. Show your support by learning more about how ACCION supports microfinance and the world's poor. 
Goal: A Roof Over Every Head
Shelter brings invaluable benefits, including safety and good health. Unfortunately, it is estimated that in the next 30 years two billion people - close to one third of the world's population - will be living in slums. Housing microfinance offers one attempt to meet the housing needs of the poor. ACCION has been working with several of its partners in Latin America and Africa to find permanent answers to the problem of inadequate shelter. And now, ACCION's Center for Financial Inclusion offers you podcasts and blog posts that highlight private-sector organizations that are tackling the problem in innovative ways.

Are You Doing Something Wrong?
As a part of ACCION's community of supporters, chances are you would pass Peter Singer's most recent ethical test, which he explains in his new book, The Life You Can Save.  The famous Princeton bioethicist argues that the world's haves are not doing enough to prevent the suffering of the world's have-nots. He proposes a new public standard for charitable giving and invites people to take a pledge and change the popular perception of what it means to live an ethical life. Learn more about the book here.
Weissberg Program in International Studies. March 23-28, 2009. Elisabeth Rhyne, Managing Director, Center for Financial Inclusion at ACCION International, 2008-2009 Marvin Weissberg Chair in International Studies.

Credit Suisse - 12th Asian Investment Conference (AIC). March 25, 2009. María Otero, ACCION president & CEO, featured speaker.

Harvard Business School-ACCION Program on Strategic Leadership for Microfinance. April 13-18, 2009.

8th Annual Global Philanthropy Forum Conference. April 22-24, 2009. María Otero, ACCION president & CEO, featured speaker.

"ACB moves to serve Dar's growing suburbs"
East African Business Week, February 28, 2009

"Sreelatha Menon: Saying yes to micro-banking"
Business Standard, February 22, 2009

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ACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need - microloans, business training and other financial services - to work their way out of poverty. A world pioneer in microfinance, ACCION issued its first microloan in 1973 in Brazil . Today, ACCION's partner microfinance institutions serve more than 3 million poor entrepreneurs per year in 25 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the United States .
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