Women have been the focus of our work for 40 years.

A revolutionary idea

Our commitment to investing in the wisdom, talent and work ethic of the world’s most disadvantaged people was revolutionary.

But that was not our most revolutionary idea.

Investing in the wisdom, talent and work ethic of women always yields the greatest return as we seek to break the cycle of poverty in peoples’ lives.

As women are often responsible stewards in their families and communities, they have an unwritten social contract with one another—to cooperate and collaborate, sharing what they know and celebrating each other’s success. 

Many women take on the role of making the hard choices between food, education, clothing, healthcare and improvements to their home. They look out for their neighbors, and they put their families first in everything. 

– MELINDA FRENCH GATES

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“FINCA empowered me with business skills, It is now more than 20 years since I started getting FINCA loans. I have been able to give all my children a college
education because of money from FINCA.”

– SOFELET PHIRI, MALAWI

Recent reports from USAID and The World Bank have validated what FINCA has known for nearly 40 years: investing in women is good business. An increase in income for women has the greatest impact on a family’s financial well-being, majority-women owned businesses are more innovative, more entrepreneurial and average a 3-5% (CAGR) greater return on financial investment.

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