FINCA provides business loans for women entrepreneurs along with other gender-sensitive finance services to help close the gender gap in financial access. In 2018, the company opened a women-only bank branch in Afghanistan and launched a new loan for women entrepreneurs in Kosovo.
Improved risk management is necessary to achieve responsible financial inclusion. That’s why FINCA Impact Finance joined an alliance of over 50 fintech investors and digital finance innovators in launching the Guidelines for Investing in Responsible Digital Financial Services.
2017 was a turnaround year for FINCA Impact Finance. The company returned to profitability while launching new initiatives in client protection, Fintech, mobile banking and data analytics, among others.
When used intentionally, Fintech innovation can help encourage saving. In Tanzania, FINCA launched HaloYako, a mobile banking product that allows clients to open a savings account in minutes–and manage their savings entirely virtually.
FINCA Impact Finance officially launched its first women-only bank branch in Afghanistan on April 7. The branch is staffed by an all-female team of financial professionals. Located in Kabul, it will exclusively serve female clientele.
FINCA Impact Finance is using Fintech innovation to expand financial inclusion in Pakistan, a country where only 21% of adults have a formal bank account. In 2017, FINCA Pakistan launched SimSim, a free mobile e-wallet that already has more than 170,000 users.
Deetken Impact will provide a USD 1 million loan to FINCA Haiti SA for on-lending to individual, micro, small- and medium-sized businesses. The funds will support FINCA Haiti SA to grow its network of branches and digital financial services, including gender-sensitive financial products.
FINCA Impact Finance is using Fintech innovation to break down barriers to financial inclusion—at the same time, it’s ensuring those technologies deliver impactful and responsible financial services to empower entrepreneurs and communities across the globe.
FINCA Microfinance Bank Limited announced a strategic partnership with Karandaaz Pakistan to expand responsible finance by enhancing delivery of digital financial services. The partnership will target women entrepreneurs engaged in micro and small-business activities.
Since its launch in 1993, Banco FINCA Ecuador has been a leader in the country’s responsible finance sector. The Smart Campaign recognized Banco FINCA Ecuador for consistently upholding the highest client protection standards.
The Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation will provide a USD 2 million loan to FINCA Microfinance Company Jordan (FINCA Jordan), a FINCA Impact Finance subsidiary, for on-lending to individual, micro, small and medium-sized businesses.