The mission of Accion is to create economic opportunity for primarily low-to-moderate income business owners who lack access to traditional sources of credit. Through business loans and support services, we strengthen the roots of emerging entrepreneurs and help them to thrive in their communities, creating social and economic change.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about Accion San Diego and its programs.
Launched in May of 1994, our office headquartered in San Diego is a member of the Accion U.S. Network, the largest nationwide nonprofit micro- and small business lending network in the United States. Globally, Accion is a pioneer in microfinance, reaching millions of individuals through its international network of partners.
Building upon the experience of Accion International, our organization developed a successful lending methodology in 1994 tailored to local micro-entrepreneurs in Southern California’s neighborhoods. With economic opportunity, these entrepreneurs can build assets and better provide for their families and communities.
To learn more about the history of microfinance in the U.S., please click here to view a timeline of the industry. This document was originally produced by Opportunity Fund for the 2010 Microfinance USA Conference.
Where We Work
Accion currently assists small business owners in San Diego and Imperial Counties. To find out about accion services in your area check out the Accion US Network.