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U.S. Microfinance: Small Loans, Big Results

April 1, 2013

Accion's 2012 microTracker study highlights the critical role that U.S. small businesses play in building our economy. Conducted in partnership with the Aspen Institute and California microlender Opportunity Fund, the study takes a rigorous look at microloan outcomes for loans disbursed in 2010. Key findings point to microloan recipients contributing to local economies in three key areas: job creation, business sustainability and growth, and income generation.

Enhancing Employment for Low-Income Women

October 7, 2004

This paper highlights key findings and lessons learned about the performance of nine social purpose businesses that received support from CFWED in 2002 and 2003, and about the outcomes experienced by the individuals who worked for these businesses. It reviews results of two years of data on nine businesses, focusing on key accomplishments and challenges.