With wholly-owned subsidiaries in Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Greater Middle East serving more than 950,000 clients, FINCA's geographic reach is among the widest of the leading microfinance networks. FINCA's birthplace was in Latin America, and that region remains the largest in terms of clients served.
FINCA has become a leader in microfinance services for post-conflict societies. Since our founding in 1984, we have been among the first to arrive to help shattered communities rebuild. FINCA launched its Kosovo program immediately after the cease-fire, moved into the Democratic Republic of Congo in the wake of its bloody civil war, and opened its doors in Afghanistan in 2003, soon after the Taliban regime was defeated.
Countries emerging from conflict typically have large numbers of returning refugees and soldiers. Unless those people can start making a living quickly, there is a risk that the society will slide back into the chaos from which it just emerged. FINCA is a first responder to ensure that doesn't happen.
FINCA also works in some of the poorest communities in the world. All poor people need financial services, and different microfinance providers specialize in different niches. FINCA has an institutional commitment to serve the poorest of the poor. We operate in communities that other microfinance providers have declined to enter, and our average loan size, among the very lowest in the microfinance industry, suggests that we are succeeding in our mission.