Arc Finance

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

Photo: Woman making shea butter

Technical Assistance

Arc Finance provides tailored advisory services and technical expertise to financial institutions, particularly microfinance institutions, as well as to energy and water enterprises focused on serving the poor.

Arc Finance offers a comprehensive package of services to financial organizations that are interested in introducing energy-lending programs. These services include market research and energy needs assessments, technical assistance for designing business models and energy loan products, facilitation and development of partnership arrangements with energy enterprises, and design and evaluation of pilot programs. Arc also assists financial institutions with building the capacity of staff and management, client training and awareness raising, and establishing monitoring and evaluation systems. For those financial institutions with some experience in lending for energy services, Arc offers a comprehensive scale-up package aimed at identifying obstacles, refining processes, diversifying product offerings, and reaching scale.

Advisory Services

As more microfinance institutions and financial institutions around the world recognize the business case for energy lending, donors, governments, and investors are looking to Arc Finance as a resource for best practices in end-user and enterprise financing for clean energy. Our advisoryservices focus on assisting these stakeholders in planning energy-financing programs, identifying end-user financing investment opportunities, and building linkages with local stakeholders, including small and growing energy businesses & microfinance institutions.