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ECOBANK and ACCION Launch Microfinance Operations in Ghana

ACCION Savings & Loan, a microfinance bank formed through a partnership between ACCION(R) International, a pioneer in microfinance program development, and ECOBANK, the leading pan-African bank, has received its license to begin microfinance operations in Ghana. EB-ACCION will open its doors today, April 1st, delivering microcredit, savings and micro-insurance products to the Ghanaian market, thus helping small entrepreneurs to expand their businesses and improve their standard of living. EB-ACCION clients will be served by two branches in Accra, located in the marketplace neighborhoods of Tudu and Lapaz. Two more branches are scheduled to open in Accra this year. EB-ACCION expects to be the market leader serving microentrepreneurs in Ghana by 2010. In 2007, ACCION, in collaboration with ECOBANK and other foreign and local partners, launched one of the largest microfinance banks in Nigeria, ACCION Microfinance Bank (AMfB) Ltd. The birth of EB-ACCION has further brightened the vision of both institutions to build a leading regional network of microfinance banks in Africa.

Arnold Ekpe, chief executive officer of the ECOBANK Group commented, "We are positive on Africa and we are committed to supporting African small businesses. With EB-ACCION, we intend to achieve not only a social investment but also a real commercial success."

Carlos Castello, ACCION executive vice president and head of international operations, added, "We’re tremendously excited to be offering the fruits of this unique partnership, which combines ECOBANK’s strong local presence with ACCION’s international expertise in commercial microfinance. We look forward to rapidly expanding EB-ACCION’s footprint throughout Africa, delivering key infrastructure to help build financial inclusion for the region’s entrepreneurial poor."

Via: (ACCION Savings & Loan)

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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