FINCA International, Inc. - Global Impact

FINCA International, Inc.

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To alleviate poverty through lasting solutions that help people build assets, create jobs and raise their standard of living.
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With the modern conveniences, like grocery delivery and rideshares, that smartphone apps bring, we often take for granted the marvels they really are. Mobile banking is no exception. For most of us, managing personal finances has never been easier. Instead of visiting a bank teller, we can check balances, pay bills and deposit checks with a finger print. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this convenience has become even more of a modern miracle for safely managing finances in the midst of a health and economic crisis. Features such as contactless pay are helping to keep us safe when venturing…

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Bibi Irshad Irshad Bibi has long had dreams of building a better life for herself, her children, and the rest of her family. “I come from a humble family,” Bibi explains, “where [money] was always an issue. My father used to run a small livestock business that barely helped us to run our household expenses. It was difficult for my father to support our family due to his meager income.” During her childhood, Bibi didn’t have a clear vision of her future, but one thing she was passionate about was raising animals like her father. But like most girls in Pakistan, getting married and having children was all she had to look forward to. Bibi wanted the feeling of accomplishment that comes from being an entrepreneur. But as she said “It is unfortunate that Pakistan has a male-dominant society, here, it is very difficult for women to start their businesses…