Arc Finance

Changing Lives Through Access to Finance for Clean Energy and Water


Latest News

Lighting the Lives of the Rural Poor

Interview with Niki Armacost of Arc Finance and Dominique Policard of Sogexpress about Arc Finance's Remittances Project in Haiti
NBC Miami & Tropik TV

Where innovation pays off: Helping low-income Haitians access environmentally-friendly energy products
November 2012 FOMIN

Stima Systems' Group Microleasing Model - Promoting Payment and Reducing Risk at the Group Level
July 2012 Arc Finance Case Study

Arc Finance Podcast: Fiza Farhan, CEO, The Buksh Foundation
July 2012 Arc Finance Podcast

Using Energy Products and Other Initiatives to Spur Growth at a Philippine MFI
August 2012 Arc Finance Blog

How Women Are Powering Energy Access in Uganda
June 2012 Arc Finance Blog

Financing Sustainable Enery: An Optimistic View From Niki Armacost
July 11, 2012 Ashden Blog

Climate Scope 2012 Report featuring Arc's Haiti Remittances Project
July 2012 Inter-American Development Bank Report

Can The Microfinance Sector Help Deliver Clean Energy?
May 14, 2012 CGAP Blog

Managing Director and Co-Founder Nicola Armacost on Microfinance
Link TV: Television Without Borders

Photo: African man operating machine

Our Strategic Partners

Arc Finance works with a wide network of partner organizations to increase access to energy and water. From grassroots practitioners like MFIs and remittances companies to technology providers, NGOs, donors, and investors, Arc leverages a diverse body of expertise to carry out its work.


The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy
The Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy reward, promote, and support local sustainable energy programs in the United Kingdom and the developing world. The awards were founded in 2001, and since then more than 80 innovative projects have won a financial award and received coverage of their work at the local level and in national and international media. Today the Ashden Awards are an internationally recognized yardstick for excellence in the field of sustainable energy, and award winners have gone on to substantially increase the scale of their work and inspire others to replicate it. More…

Basel Agency for Sustainble Energy (BASE)
BASE is a nonprofit foundation headquartered in Switzerland that develops forward-looking mechanisms to accelerate the financing of sustainable energy markets, with the ultimate aim of contributing global solutions to climate change, poverty mitigation, conflict prevention, and sustainable development. More…

Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation is committed to enhancing economic opportunities for individuals and families, particularly those in need in the communities where Citi works, so that recipients can improve their standard of living. Globally, the Citi Foundation focuses its strategic giving on: microfinance and microentrepreneurship, small and growing businesses, education, financial education and asset building, the environment, and community development (only in the United States and Canada). More…

Canopus Foundation and Solar for All
The Canopus Foundation was founded in 1997 and has focused its activities in the field of venture philanthropy. The foundation promotes private social investment and social enterprise in order to fight poverty and environmental degradation, and provides business development assistance for social entrepreneurs in developing countries working in the field of clean energy technologies. Together with Ashoka, Canopus Foundation founded the "Solar for All" initiative.

E+Co invests services and capital in small and growing clean energy businesses in 28 developing countries. In turn, these businesses light poor households, preserve natural resources, and expand their customers' income. For 15 years, E+Co's market-driven approach has leveraged the immense power of local entrepreneurs to create a cleaner, healthier, and more prosperous planet. More…

Energy and Security Group
Established in 2002, the Energy and Security Group (ESG) is a small, woman-owned professional services company that focuses on expanding the use of clean energy and environmental technologies and practices to enhance economic performance, promote energy security, improve quality of life, and advance resource sustainability. More…

Ennovent is a new social venture that promotes entrepreneurs who advance innovations for sustainability in developing countries. Ennovent's key financial instrument is a social venture capital fund called the "Sustainable Enterprise Fund," which assists entrepreneurs to develop, finance, and manage their enterprises successfully and ensure the long-term impact of their innovations on society and the environment. More…

Good Energies Foundation
The mission of the Good Energies Foundation is poverty alleviation through sustainable access to renewable energy. This Swiss-registered foundation is independent from, but affiliated with, Good Energies, Inc. The foundation was started to address the issue that more than 1.6 billion people globally still do not have access to electricity. More…

Micro Energy Credits
MicroEnergy Credits is an innovative company that enables microfinance institutions to receive revenue from the carbon markets when they lend for clean energy technologies, such as solar lighting, improved cook stoves, and biogas digesters. Microfinance institutions can use the revenue they receive to cover their operating costs for clean energy product lines, or they can pass on the funds to their clients, making clean energy viable for poorer clients. More…

Microfinance Transparency
Arc Finance is a signatory to the Microfinance Transparency Statement of Principles, which encourages transparent communication between suppliers and consumers of microcredit products and with all microfinance stakeholders by presenting information on credit products and their prices in a clear and consistent fashion. More…

SELCO Solar Pvt. Ltd, a social enterprise established in 1995, provides sustainable energy solutions and services to underserved households and businesses in India. SELCO aims to empower its customers by providing a complete package of product, service, and consumer financing through rural banks, cooperative societies, commercial banks, and microfinance institutions. SELCO currently employs about 140 employees in Karnataka and Gujarat across 21 energy service centers. More…

Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network
The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network, the leading international network and promoter of best practices in enterprise development and financial services, is a global organization whose membership is committed to reducing poverty through the power of enterprise. Since its inception in 1985, the SEEP Network has been a leader in the development of the international microfinance and enterprise development fields. SEEP is recognized for its contributions to the documentation of best practice, its capacity to convene key stakeholders, and its well-regarded methodology for lateral learning, which offers a platform for inclusive and productive dialogue. More…


Other Supporters


Pryor Cashman, LLP
Arc Finance receives pro bono legal services from attorneys at Pryor Cashman. This premier New York law firm is known for getting the job done right and doing it with integrity, efficiency, and élan. More…

Arc Finance received pro bono creative services from Wunderman, which developed Arc Finance's identity and logo. Wunderman's global network of more than 20 companies includes over 130 offices in some 50 countries. In 2008 Wunderman was ranked thenumber-one marketing services network in the world. Wunderman is a part of Young & Rubicam Brands and is a member of the WPP group of companies. More…