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Behind every bank in the Alliance there are millions of people and organisations using money to create positive economic, social and environmental impact. These stories share a profoundly different perspective on how banking can, and should work.

For us, banking begins with meeting human needs in socially and environmentally responsible ways and as a means to that end, finishes with profitable banks deploying all their people, capital and resources to deliver balanced impact.

This approach to GABV storytelling was first launched at an exhibition during the GABV Annual Meeting 2013 in Berlin. The exhibition was accompanied with a book, Change Makers – The Stories Behind the Values-based Banks Transforming the World. Learn more.


Our bank stories


A Campaign To Lift Up Workers

Amalgamated Bank

In recent years, a nationwide movement has emerged calling for a $15 per hour minimum wage for the 42 percent of the... Read more


A Kindergarten In Nature

GLS Bank

At the wonderful little park Glienicke near Berlin lies an old hunting lodge, the Jägerhof, originally part of the... Read more


Teaching Youth How To Manage Financial Affairs

Affinity Credit Union

The City of Saskatoon has the youngest population of any urban area in Canada and around 800 teenagers are not in... Read more


Supporting A Growers-owned Tea Factory

Centenary Bank

Mpanga Growers Tea Factory is one of four factories formerly owned by Uganda Tea Growers Corporation. The corporation... Read more

NMA Solar Panels

Accelerating Growth in Rural Nepal Through Solar Power

NMB Bank Limited

Mahasher Rai runs a stationary shop and a press in the Chyasmitar village of Khotang district. He also has a computer... Read more


Banking On The Future: Children’s Financial Literacy In Cambodia

Teachers Mutual Bank Limited

The goal of Credit Union Foundation Australia’s (CUFA) Children’s Financial Literacy (CFL) Program is to... Read more


Reaching Out To Serve First Nations Communities

Affinity Credit Union

After extensive research into the unique financial and social needs of the First Nations communities in Saskatchewan,... Read more


Flexible, Environmentally Conscious Daycare


Buddings creates a flexible and sustainable daycare for Vancouver families on the go with the help of a Vancity microloan. Read more


Building Better Lives For Ex-Offenders

Triodos Bank

When Jim left prison he was determined to turn his life around. After applying for 100 jobs, and being rejected at... Read more


Business Development In Bangladesh


Mr. Faizuddin was inspired to set up an agricultural business, having learnt from his father’s Rice Mill and Poultry... Read more


Diversity Food Services

Assiniboine Credit Union

The University of Winnipeg wanted to change its approach to institutional cafeteria food services  on campus. Together... Read more


Ceramics And Job Creation In San Francisco

New Resource Bank

Great manufacturing companies grow from the community, and having exceptional products designed and made right down the... Read more


Climate Protection

GLS Bank

GLS Bank, in Germany, practices sustainable banking to protect the climate and to decrease CO2 emissions. In... Read more

Caja Arequipa case study

Entrepreneurs Benefit From 'Preventing Accidents' Programme

Caja Arequipa

The terrible fire that reduced the Centro Comercial Asia Arequipa to ashes still burns in the memories of more than 120... Read more


Community Donation Program

MagNet Hungarian Community Bank

‘We are passionate about social commitment. We provide our clients the opportunity to support good causes easily.... Read more


Creating A Clean Energy Ecosystem

VSECU (Vermont State Employees Credit Union)

VSECU provides affordable access to funding that supports energy efficient homes, green transportation and local... Read more


Danish Organics

Merkur Cooperative Bank

Merkur Cooperative Bank, in Denmark, has helped to finance more than 2,000 companies, institutions and projects within... Read more


Ecological Fruit & Vegetables. For Delivery, Or At A Gourmet Eco. Restaurant

Cultura Bank

Norway is blessed with many small producers of high quality ecological food, but often they are too small to deliver to... Read more


Empowering Women With Disabilities Through Employment

Alternative Bank Switzerland

Hotel Marta was founded by a charitable organisation, Frauenhotel AG Zürich, to provide employment for women with... Read more


Energy Efficiency In The Coldest Capital Of The World


Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital city in the world. Between September and May, temperatures regularly drop to below... Read more


Energy For Good

Triodos Bank

With branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Spain and Germany, Triodos Bank has financed innovative energy and... Read more


How Renewable Energy Technology Is Keeping Farming Alive

Beneficial State Bank

Kevin and Daryl Maas are natives of Skagit County of Washington state and grew up surrounded by dairy farmers in the... Read more


Farming For Future Generations

Merkur Cooperative Bank

Bjarne Krog was raised on a farm and has always had an interest in farming: ‘I love to see and help things grow.... Read more


Flower Making Changes Lives For Business Women In Balkh Province

The First MicroFinance Bank-Afghanistan (FMFB-A)

Forty-year old Zahra is arranging plastic flowers and beads in a newly built room in her house. She carefully separates... Read more


From Convict To Craftsman: Re-Skilling Former Inmates

Banca Etica

The Messina Community Foundation was founded to promote personal development to vulnerable adults by integrating... Read more


From Insurance to Savings: The Case For Integral

SAC Apoyo Integral, S.A.

In 2009, in a pioneering partnership with an insurance sector leader, SAC Apoyo Integral began offering clients access... Read more


Micro Entrepreneurs: Supporting Farmers

SAC Apoyo Integral, S.A.

Jairo, has a farming business. He is constantly working to support his family and Jairo also supports the local... Read more

Karen E. Segrave | KES PhotoSouthern Bancorp. 2014.

Reviving Farming, Jobs And Communities

Southern Bancorp

Phillips County sits in what was once one of the most prosperous parts of America – the Arkansas Delta. Agriculture... Read more


How Sustainable Housing Is Helping To Build Resilient Communities

Ecology Building Society

Growing up in the small rural village of High Bickington, Devon, Ian knew he wanted to stay as near to home as possible... Read more


From Humble Beginnings to the Mattress Business

The First MicroFinance Bank – Tajikistan

At 45, Jobirova Lola is a successful entrepreneur owning a thriving business in the capital of Tajikistan employing 52... Read more

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Ibtikar Fund: Innovation Fund Investing In Youth

Bank of Palestine

With youth unemployment at 50% and with entrepreneurs not having early stage financing, Bank of Palestine stepped in to... Read more

LAPO Microfinance Bank_Story 1

LAPO Skills Acquisition Scheme

LAPO Microfinance Bank

Nigeria has a very vibrant young population. A considerable number of young people are out of school due to... Read more


Catalyst For Inspired Revitalisation

Sunrise Banks

It’s no secret that North Minneapolis has historically been one of the most challenged communities in Minnesota. For... Read more

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Opportunity In the Midst Of Despair

Banco Ademi

Jose Merán, a customer since 2013, is one example of thousands of inspiring stories from Banco Ademi customers who... Read more


Contributing To The Local Food Movement And Sustainable Agriculture, USA

First GREEN Bank

King Grove, in central Florida, began as a pioneer era family farm that has continually produced citrus fruit since... Read more


Overcoming Social Exclusion Through Enterprise

Crédit Coopératif

Groupe SOS started in 1984 when Jean-Marc Borello created the association SOS Drogue International, which tackles drug... Read more

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Vancity Helps Recycling Alternative Drive Zero Waste


Some businesses seek to fill the world with their products. But for Recycling Alternative it’s all about getting to... Read more


Secure Housing For Vulnerable Adults In Minneapolis

Sunrise Banks

Supportive Living Solutions (SLS) provides safe, secure housing and services for adults living with chemical... Read more


Secure Housing For Women Escaping Domestic Violence

Bank Australia

Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI) provides long-term safe and secure housing for women and their children, many of... Read more


Serving Local Food, Great Jobs, And An International Menu

Assiniboine Credit Union

After years of poor reviews, the University of Winnipeg decided to change its approach to cafeteria food on campus.... Read more


Sewing And Self-sufficiency In Bolivia


‘I started to work in dressmaking and sewing in a company with Korean owners. But my salary was very low and not... Read more


Side By Side With Micro-entrepreneurs

Banco Solidario

María Chicaiza has been a client of Banco Solidario since 2004. She has a 17 year old son. María began with one small... Read more


Supporting Dairy Farming - Skäve Gård (farm)


The situation for dairy farmers in Sweden is becoming severe: many farms are closing because of generation shifts and... Read more


Supporting Small Local Producers in Their Path to Success

Cooperativa Abaco

The Credit Union ABACO expands their financial services around all the regions in PERU, but especially in two regions... Read more


Supporting The Rudolf Steiner School Movement

Freie Gemeinschaftsbank Genossenschaft

The Rudolf Steiner Schule Mayenfels in Pratteln has been a privately owned school and an alternative to mainstream... Read more


Turning Coconut Fibre Into Carpet Threads, Bangladesh


For Mustafa Bepara, his venture provides more than just employment opportunities. ‘It is not a business, it is my... Read more


Providing Access To Affordable Health Care

City First Bank of DC

City First Bank has used the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program to raise private sector capital to finance high... Read more


Nurturing Bolivian Greenhouse Farming

Banco FIE

Saturnina is a Bolivian entrepreneur who lives in the Valley Achocalla, a town located 30 kilometres from the city of... Read more

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