More than three decades ago, an innovator named Joe Blatchford had an idea--to connect the multi-national corporations working in Latin America with the working poor who inhabit the countries in which they do business. With ‘micro-loans' and business training, ACCION International helps low-income entrepreneurs sustain and grow their businesses to earn a better living. It works. ACCION boasts a 98% repayment rate. Under the guidance of multi-talented Michael Chu, ACCION's micro-enterprise development programs are revitalizing local economies throughout Latin America and the US.