About the Foundation

In its 12 years of activity, the BBVA Microfinance Foundation has evolved to be a philanthropic initiative in Latin America that generates high social impact. This achievement is based on a unique purpose and values that connect us as a leading microfinance group in the sector.
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Our purpose


The sustainable development of people
under vulnerable conditions who own
productive activities.

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Our model


“Productive Finance”: financial services, training and advice for people who live in vulnerable conditions, so they could progress through the net income derived from their productive activities.

Our values


We create social impact

The entrepreneur at the core

We aim higher

We are one team

 

History


In May 2007, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA) set up the non-profit organisation BBVA Microfinance Foundation (BBVAMF), created within its corporate social responsibility framework, for the purpose of promoting sustainable and inclusive economic and social development for people under vulnerable conditions by using Productive Finance, the Foundation’s own specialty and methodology. To this end, it donated €200 million to the Foundation, while making available all the professional experience of an institution that has been in banking for nearly 160 years.

BBVA Microfinance Foundation is entirely independent from the BBVA Group; it has its own legal personality and is governed and managed separately, investing its endowment in creating and consolidating a group of microfinance institutions in Latin America, the profits from which revert to the Foundation’s own operations, with no financial return for BBVA.

In more than 10 years of activity, BBVAMF has observed that providing adequate financial products and services overtime to excluded and low-income entrepreneurs is key to generate development, as it also mitigates poverty and its consequences. During this period, institutions of the BBVA Microfinance Foundation Group have originated more than USD 13.6 billion to five million low-income entrepreneurs, creating opportunities so they could improve their lives. This is how the Foundation has turned into one of the highest impact philanthropic initiatives, and the top provider of individual loans in the most unequal region of the planet.