Microfinance Pioneer ACCION Launches New Website

ACCION International, a pioneer and leader in microfinance, recently announced the launch of its new website,, offering major enhancements in functionality, appearance, resources and accessibility. The new site is a continuing expression of ACCION’s goal to bring the best possible tools to bear on the fight against global poverty.

Created to better educate and engage the world about how microfinance can help millions to help themselves, the site was designed to facilitate information-sharing, advance dissemination of best practices in the industry, and to improve networking and fundraising. Its new features include:

  • ‘ACCIONconnect’, a new online community for users who want to engage with microfinance and ACCION on a deeper level – connecting people in the developed world more directly to those in under-developed nations. ‘ACCIONconnect’ provides individually personalized content, registration for exclusive events and seminars, and tailored subscription management, among other features.
  • A Flash video library, showcasing eight new, download-able films about ACCION’s microfinance work at home and abroad, narrated by CBS News’ Mike Wallace, and filmed on location in the U.S., Peru, Uganda and Tanzania.
  • A more comprehensive ‘Products & Services’ section, including links to additional resources and publications; and a new ‘Events & Publications’ section, which together help to provide other microfinance practitioners with the tools they need to improve, expand and innovate in their own work.

    Designed by Boston Interactive of Charlestown, MA, the site capitalizes on ACCION’s rich photo archives of microentrepreneurs from around the world, captured by contributing photographers Rohanna Mertens and John Rae, among others.

  • Written by John-Paul Maxfield

    John-Paul Maxfield is the founder of Waste Farmers. Waste Farmers is a next generation sustainable agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands, while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. The Company started in 2009 with $9,000 and a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. Today Waste Farmers has evolved into an innovator respected by leaders in the global community for developing simple solutions to the complex problems of modern agriculture and food security. Prior to starting Waste Farmers, John-Paul founded the "The Inspired Economist", a blog focused on covering the people, places, ideas, and technologies inspiring positive change and redefining capitalism.
    In addition, John-Paul served as an Associate a private equity group specializing in small to mid cap service companies. In this capacity he focused on planning, forecasting, budgeting, and performance evaluation of MBH and its designated subsidiaries. Prior to joining MBH, John-Paul was an Analyst with Alvarez and Marsal where he spent the majority of his time on a team that aided Louisiana’s Recovery School District with the restoration of public schools post Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

    John-Paul is active in the Colorado community, serving on the Board of the Rocky Mountain MS Center. In 2007 he was selected as one of the “Fifty for the Future” by the Colorado Statesman and is a graduate of the inaugural class of Impact Denver. John-Paul holds a BA from the University of Colorado.


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