Globally, for more than 50 years, Accion has helped more than 90 partners serve the financial needs of tens of millions of people in 40 countries. In 1991, concerned about growing economic inequality in the United States, Accion brought its micro-lending model home by piloting a program in New York.
Accion aimed to help those who did not meet requirements for traditional financing (such as bank loans) because their requested amount was too small or because they had limited or damaged credit. Accion partnered with these entrepreneurs to build healthy enterprises, gain economic security and contribute to their community. Accion has since worked to further adapt its lending model to the social and economic needs of communities across the United States.