Accion International is a nonprofit organization that fights poverty through microfinance. Its mission is to give people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty. Through partner lending organizations it provides loans and business training to people to start their own businesses. Accion was formed in 1961 to fight poverty in Latin American cities and now supports programs with more than 25 lenders in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the US. It has regional offices in Colombia and Brazil.