A growing social enterprise is blazing a trail for would-be migrants

Our Mission

is to create fundamental and lasting economic change in the lives of rural farming
families and communities.
farmers served
125 %
average income increase
Every Dollar Donated Will Be Matched Up to

Until December 31, 2022
Acceso has been a registered nonprofit charity in Canada for over 5 years and is awaiting 501c3 (nonprofit) determination status in the United States–expected in January 2023. Until then, donors can make a tax deductible donation to Acceso through our Fiscal Sponsor, Global Impact. Checks can be mailed to the following address:
Global Impact c/o Acceso Impact Inc.
1199 North Fairfax Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314

Arnoldo's Story

Arnoldo grew up farming in rural El Salvador but was never able to make enough money to break-even. At the age of 21, he decided to immigrate to the US for the chance of a better life. After nearly losing is his life during the journey, and spending six months in detention facilities he decided to return to El Salvador. Fortunately, when he returned, he met Acceso and was provided an opportunity to grow his farm and make a life for himself and family in his own community.

Acceso provided Arnoldo with a small loan to buy top-quality seed and construct a basic greenhouse, as well as expert agronomic assistance (including climate-smart agricultural practices) and a guaranteed price for his tomato harvests.

Over the last six years, $2,377 in micro-loans from Acceso have enabled Arnoldo to generate $98,000 in produce sales. Whereas once his small farm was hardly breaking even, he now earns enough to support his growing family and begin investing in his future – including building a house, hiring employees, and expanding his agribusiness.
Watch the powerful story of Dionel Arnoldo, a farmer in El Salvador.

Note: Acceso does not take a position on individuals’ choices to migrate nor the legality of it. Our focus is on empowering farmers with long-term opportunities and market access to live healthy, dignified and prosperous lives, should they desire to stay in their communities.

Video: Paramo Films for Acceso

Frank Giustra

Mr. Giustra grew up as the son of Italian immigrants who moved to Canada before he was born. He started his expansive career in the investment banking sector before realizing his entrepreneurial spirit. He has since founded various companies including Lionsgate Entertainment and he is currently the CEO of the Fiore Group, a firm managing private equity investments and companies, and he owns Domenica Fiore, an award-winning premium Italian olive oil company.

Mr. Giustra brings an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy to catalyze new ideas and innovations that can be scaled and shared. In 2007, he co-founded Acceso, a social enterprise that provides a sustainable, market-based solution to global poverty. Acceso manages agribusinesses in Colombia, El Salvador, and Haiti.

For over two decades the Giustra Foundation has supported innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian and economic challenges — focusing on women and children, health and education, homelessness and refugee resettlement. The Giustra Foundation is actively involved in the global refugee crisis by providing humanitarian aid, along with being the founding partner in the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.

Mr. Giustra sits on a variety of non-profit, private and public boards.
Visit Frank Giustra’s personal blog, where he shares lessons learned from life and thoughts on current affairs and finance as well as insights from fascinating people and adventures. Also hear stories about Frank’s passion for food, films and travel, recipes and tips from his kitchen as well as news from some of the incredible initiatives of his philanthropic foundations.
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