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Changing Lives Through Access to Finance for Clean Energy and Water


Latest News

Lighting the Lives of the Rural Poor

Bringing light to Haiti, one solar lamp at a time
CBS Evening News

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


Our Team

Nicola Armacost
Managing Director and Co-founder

Nicola Armacost Niki brings over 17 years' experience in microfinance throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Prior to founding Arc Finance in 2008, she served as the Director of Linkages and Learning at Women's World Banking. Niki serves as an advisor to several startup companies and NGOs around the world.

Bishal Thapa
Microgrid Specialist, India

Photo: Bishal Thapa Bishal specializes in Microgrids, and brings technical and policy expertise in renewable energy to the Arc team.

Chikako Fujita
Project Manager

Photo: Chikako Fujita As Project Manager, Chika is leading several projects globally and brings over 12 years of diverse experiences.

Elizabeth Lynch
Monitoring, Evaluation and Gender Specialist

Photo: Elizabeth Lynch Elizabeth Lynch is Arc's Monitoring, Evaluation and Gender Specialist, bringing to the Arc team over 13 years of experience in the microfinance industry. She is responsible for leading Arc's Monitoring and Evaluation strategy, and integrating a gender analysis into the M&E framework.

Guadalupe Lopez de Llergo
Market Research Consultant

Photo: Guadalupe Lopez de Llergo Guadalupe Lopez de Llergo is an experienced market researcher; most recently she worked with Arc to conduct market research for our work in Haiti and Afghanistan.

Jessica Benjamin
Project Associate

Photo: Jessica Benjamin Jessica is an Arc Project Associate, working on projects in Southeast Asia. She is a South African native with several years of experience living and working in international development across four continents.

Karin Johnson
Project Associate

Karin is a Project Associate at Arc Finance, providing research inputs and support for Arc projects in South Asia. She brings several years of project management experti to the team, including work in microfinance in Bangladesh, India, and the United States.

Laura Sundblad
Project Associate

Photo: Laura Sundblad Laura is a Project Associate at Arc Finance. In this role, she is coordinating stakeholder engagement events as well as providing research inputs to support Arc’s ongoing and pending projects and programs.

Nandini P. Narula
Technology & Knowledge Manager

Nandini Narula Nandini is Arc's Technology & Knowledge Manager and brings technology and operations expertise to the team.

Saiful Islam
Microfinance Operations Specialist

Saiful Islam Saiful is Arc's Microfinance Operations Specialist and brings over 20 years of experience in the microfinance industry.

Sam Mendelson
Knowledge Specialist

Photo: Sam Mendelson Sam Mendelson is Arc's Knowledge Specialist, working with project partners to develop the small scale renewable energy finance sector by profiling innovative products, partners and projects in which Arc is involved.

Sreyamsa Bairiganjan
Project Manager and Agent Model Specialist

Photo: Sreyamsa Bairiganjan Srey serves as one of Arc's Project Mangers for India, bringing extensive experience in the social and cleantech enterprise engagement space with a special focus on Base of the Pyramid markets.

Tanvi Mehta
Project Assistant — India

Photo: Tanvi Mehta As Project Assistant, Tanvi is supporting the Arc India Team and partners in promoting and implementing end-user financing solutions for renewable energy and water in India.

Yara Akkari
Project Manager — Haiti

Yara Akkari Yara is Arc's Project Coordinator and brings several years of experience in the development sector.