BOSTON, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- ACCION International today announced
the debut of a new film about its work in microfinance, the practice of
providing small loans, business training and other financial services to
help poor entrepreneurs around the world.
Filmed on location in Latin America, Africa and the United States and
narrated by CBS News' Mike Wallace, Voices from the Field demonstrates how
microfinance can provide an effective tool in helping to alleviate global
In their own words, clients from Peru to Tanzania explain how access to
financial services has helped to put a roof overhead, pave dirt floors,
provide running water and educate children, allowing them to pull
themselves out of poverty with dignity and pride.
Voices was produced and directed by Stephen Atlas of Far Corners
Productions of Waltham, Massachusetts, and is available for viewing online
at http://www.accion.org, or on DVD, free of charge, by contacting ACCION
at 56 Roland Street, Boston, MA, tel. 617-616-1515.
ACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the
mission of giving people the financial tools they need -- microenterprise
loans, business training and other financial services -- to work their way
out of poverty. A world pioneer in microfinance, ACCION was founded in 1961
and issued its first microloan in 1973 in Brazil. ACCION International's
partner microfinance institutions today are providing loans as low as $100
to poor men and women entrepreneurs in 25 countries in Latin America, Asia,
Africa and the United States. In the last decade alone, ACCION partners
have disbursed more than 17.9 million loans totaling more than $12.3
billion; 97 percent of the loans have been repaid. Selected for the fourth
consecutive year for its pioneering approaches to poverty alleviation,
ACCION was among 43 organizations awarded the 2007 Social Capitalist Award
by Fast Company magazine. ACCION has also been awarded Charity Navigator's
highest rating -- four stars -- for efficiency and sound fiscal management.
For more information, visit http://www.accion.org.