Accion Interview: Nicole Van Der Tuin of First Access

First Access based in New York City, works with financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa to simplify and reduce the cost of evaluating credit applicants. Co-founder and CEO Nicole Van Der Tuin has a professional background in the microfinance industry, and as she states in this interview, she saw that the demands of traditional credit-scoring methods were making capital inaccessible to many. “Over the next ten years, we’re really going to see a progression from people using paper, to people using data, to technology systems and technology rails driving the [credit] process with human supervision,” she says.