Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
VisionFund International
Founding year: 
United Kingdom
Total number of staff: 
7 000
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
7 000
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
NGO, Network/Association/Platform
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Annalisa Plachesi
5th Floor, 11 Belgrave Road
United Kingdom
Organisation summary


We believe in brighter futures for children.

We empower families to create income and jobs.

Our financial services enable impoverished households to increase their incomes. We train clients to grow successful businesses using their income to support their children and families. 

We unlock economic potential for communities to thrive. 

Working together as part of World Vision – a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation – we enable communities to increase economic activity, access clean water, education and healthcare, benefit from improvements to nutrition, and provide the foundations for local economies to flourish. 

We are VisionFund – Financial Empowerment from World Vision.

Objectives over the next 5 years

To improve the lives of 9m children a year by 2019 through:

  • Building impact through growth of our MFIs
  • Improving livelihoods of farmers in rural areas
  • Integrating services such as water and sanitation, education and emergency response
  • Acting as a voice of influence and acting as advocates for, and within, the industry
  • Increasing our funding base through corporate and major donors.
Type of intervention: 
  • Equity
  • Loans
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. technical assistance/capacity building, evaluation)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. research / information dissemination)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. policy advice / development / lobby)
  • Subsidies in staff time (e.g. networking/ donor / coordination)
Countries of intervention: 
South America
Areas of intervention: 
  • Macro level: Prudential regulation, Supervision, Interest rates and rate caps, Strengthening national/regional microfinance support sector
  • Intermediate level: Community-based finance solutions, Rural finance, Value chain development, Microfinance investment vehicules, Post-conflict/disaster microfinance, Business development services, Social impact/performance, Environmental microfinance, Urban finance, Gender, Youth, Health, HIV/AIDS, Ultra poor programs
  • Micro level: Capital/equity investments, Non-prudential regulation, Financial product development and innovation, Energy products, or other products related to environmental issues, Delivery models (group, indiv.), Performance (financial and social), Ratings and external audits, MFI operations (e.g. general management, governance, finance and accounting, staff training, recuiting), Strategic planning, Marketing, Graduation of MFIs, Management information systems
Main competences: 

Risk Management 

Interest rate caps and controls


Environmental finance

Banking technology solutions, including mobile money

Savings group linkages to microcredit

Please indicate any innovations in your microfinance program planned for the coming year: 
  • Value chains
  • Services to the ultra poor
  • Agriculture finance and client support
  • Client financial literacy and business development training
  • Disaster Resilient Microfinance
  • Recovery Lending