Steadfast FINCA supporter and Future Makers Circle member, Catherine H. “Cat” Anderson, an avid birder, art patron and lifelong horsewoman, passed away in 2016 at her home in Colorado. A champion of financial access for the poor, women’s empowerment, and environmental sustainability, Cat brought a pioneering determination to every facet of her life.
As part of her legacy, Cat made a generous bequest to FINCA that will provide significant support to FINCA Ventures, an investment platform that leverages FINCA’s on-the-ground presence and know-how to scale early-stage social enterprises to reach millions of impoverished families responsibly. Through a combination of patient, early-stage capital and pre- and post-investment technical support, FINCA Ventures can help social enterprises grow faster and smarter.
To date, the FINCA Ventures program has invested in two innovative social enterprises serving people who make $4 or less a day, greatly improving their safety and health, and creating new opportunities for income generation. These social enterprises are delivering basic service solutions in the areas of solar energy and clean cookstoves.
Through Cat’s legacy gift, FINCA Ventures is expected to close two additional partnerships in the coming year. Her son, Stephen Fitzpatrick, knows just how much this means to her.
Among many other interests, Cat was committed to fostering financial inclusion for those with the least access, especially women, in developing countries. Recognizing her as a Founding Member of FINCA Ventures honors her pioneering spirit.
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