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Livni Senovia Gomez Lopez was always a designer in her heart. She longed to have her own business, designing and weaving intricately embroidered clothes. With her first FINCA loan, Livni finally became a business owner and her income increased substantially.
Read her story: http://bit.ly/1LMuzmY
Livni Lopez longed to have her own business, designing and weaving clothes. Her dream came true when she joined a FINCA Guatemala Village bank group.
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Matthew Glynn of The Independent travels to ‪#‎Nicaragua‬ to meet FINCA founder Rupert Scofield and discovers how our financial services helps to change the lives of low-income entrepreneurs.

“Without banks like FINCA,” Glynn writes, “they wouldn’t have stood a chance.”
Read the full article here: http://ind.pn/1JOfq3W
Driving through the streets of Managua in August, the realities of life for the citizens of the poorest country in Central America are starkly apparent.
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In the last three years, thanks to new technologies and transformative business models, more than 700 million people have gained financial access through FINCA and our coalition partners. To reach the 2 billion people who don’t yet have access to banking services, we must keep growing and making progress.
Find out how through our ‪#‎VillageBanking2020‬ Campaign: http://bit.ly/1WFgMlk
Two billion people don’t have access to Financial Services. FINCA proves why Financial Inclusion matters and why Universal financial access by 2020 is a must!
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‪‎Jessica Alba‬  & Rebecca Minkoff partner to create a new bag collection ‪#‎RMxHonest‬, the proceeds from the sales will go directly to fund FINCA's small entrepreneurs around the world! Earlier this year, the two ladies traveled to ‪#‎Guatemala‬ and visited FINCA clients to source hand-made textiles for a collaboration that benefits women entrepreneurs in a major way. "Rebecca and I know firsthand how difficult it is to start a company and stay in business. To not have any resources on top of that? FINCA gives these people an opportunity." - Jessica Alba
More about the collaboration here: http://glmr.me/1L8QfGP ‪#‎girlpower‬
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Can smartphones empower women in developing countries? Melinda Gates explores the various ways smartphones can transform a woman's life, including ‪‎mobile‬ banking. http://bit.ly/1N7oQ83
If every woman has a smartphone
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Paida Kakhuta is proof that big dreams do come true. Not being able to attend a university, Paida was determined to create a better life for her sons. With FINCA loans, her food stall business is growing, and she is well on her way to fulfilling her dream to send her three sons to a university!

Read her story here: http://bit.ly/1CZpuUH
Paida lives in land-locked Malawi. Smart and a tough bargainer to boot, Paida realized there was no way she could expand her businesses without financing.
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With a Village Bank loan from FINCA, Claudio was able to turn his love for baking into a business. Today, Claudio and his wife are happily baking sweet breads for their community in Veracruz, Mexico. "Everything we've got is due to FINCA," Claudio's wife says. "For us, it is really everything."

Visit Claudio’s bakery in Mexico: http://bit.ly/1MKRIog
After years of baking bread for his family, Claudio Alarcón decided to turn his love for baking into a business. With a Village Bank loan from FINCA, he was able to realize his dream.
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Vicenta Zaput Palax works hard at weaving, in the hopes to send her children to college and to one day own her own craft store. Vicenta is one of the women who inspired the ‪#‎RMxHonest‬ handbag collection by Rebecca Minkoff and The Honest Company!
Meet Vicenta here: http://bit.ly/1NrlcJt
Vicenta, along with other Guatemalan artisans, also FINCA clients, inspired Rebecca Minkoff & Jessica Alba to create their own handbag collection RMxHonest.
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Recently, Jane Keltner de Valle, Fashion Director of Glamour, traveled with designer Rebecca Minkoff and actress Jessica Alba to ‪#‎Guatemala‬ to visit FINCA clients in the country. Find out what Keltner de Valle discovered on supporting low-income women ‪#‎entrepreneurs‬: http://bit.ly/1NBkhDe
Recently fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff and actress Jessica Alba traveled to Guatemala to visit FINCA clients in the country.
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There's just 1 week left to our summer matching gift challenge! Double your impact for hard-working, micro-entrepreneurs!

Make a gift here: http://bit.ly/1SQTZhQ
FINCA is a charitable microfinance institution serving poor families in developing countries, with the goal to reduce poverty through financial inclusion.
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Our summer matching grant challenge has been extended to August 15! Thanks to two long-time supporters in Florida, any contribution you make will be matched, up to $100,000. That means that your generosity will be doubled to help twice as many FINCA clients!
Make a gift here: http://bit.ly/1SQTZhQ
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Kubra Hussaini, a 47-year-old mother of three, has been a FINCA client since 2009, when she started her handmade embroidered goods business. Today, her business has grown significantly, creating 60 jobs for fellow women in her community in Afghanistan.

Read her story here: http://bit.ly/1MrWSGX
In Afghanistan, women have been the most vulnerable segment in society. Through access to finance, however, women there have a chance to change their lives.
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FINCA provides microfinance services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living. We are an anti-poverty organization whose work is aimed at creating employment, raising family incomes, and reducing poverty worldwide.

We offer small loans and other products to those turned down by traditional banks, believing that even the poor have a right to financial services. With these loans, families can invest in, and build, their own small businesses and their income-earning capacity. Worldwide, our clients post repayment rates over 97 percent.

FINCA pioneered the “Village Banking method” of credit delivery, now used by hundreds of organizations worldwide. Our programs reach the poor in more diverse countries than any other microcredit provider. We operate Village Banking programs in 21 countries around the world, serving more than 800,000 people – 70% women.

FINCA is not a typical charity. We offer loans, not gifts, and we promote financial independence, both among our clients and in our programs. Although we are a nonprofit, we operate using sound business principles and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Our work enables poor families to create their own solutions to poverty. Our Village Banking methodology promotes community and individual development, helping lift entire communities out of poverty.