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Finklusiv is a social business, providing support to strong and resilient people who have overcome hardships, and are facing more barriers than most in trying to achieve success. 

This means that our income comes from commercial activities as well as from donations. Any surplus is to be reinvested in operations.

- Marie Olafsdottir Founder and CEO

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The Week's Impact: When the Banks Close the Door, Marie Is Ready with the Spare Key

It's a human and socio-economic waste when refugees are hindered from becoming self-sufficient, believes Marie Birna Olafsdottir. She has founded a company that helps them get started. 

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When the Banks Say No, Marie Steps In: Refugees Should Also Be Able to Start Their Own Business

Most banks say no to small business owners with a refugee background. They are too difficult to deal with, and the risk of money laundering is too high. This is a problem, according to the industry organization SMV Denmark. And Marie Birna Olafsdottir agrees. She has found a solution that works.


The risks of financial exclusion are underestimated

The financial sector plays a decisive role in the green and sustainable transition, but the importance of the social aspect (S) in ESG is underestimated in Denmark.

Opinion piece by Finklusiv's founder Marie Olafsdottir.


Danish company bridges banks and unwanted business customers

The company Finklusiv helps entrepreneurs and the self-employed - typically refugees and migrants - who have been rejected by the bank, to set up a business account. 

Finklusiv has cooperated with two banks, but is looking for cooperation agreements with more.


Marie's company helps refugees become independent

Refugees and migrants are often refused when they apply for a business account in the bank. 

Strict rules and high demands strain the account, which is otherwise important to be able to run a business on an equal footing with others. Marie Birna Olafsdottir is trying to change that with her company Finklusiv.

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Struggled during four years to get a bank account for their business

After four years of struggle, the Syrian refugee couple Salwa Murad and Mustafa Ali have succeeded in opening a car repair shop. 

However, a particularly long process with the banking system made it difficult, they say.

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Difficult for entrepreneurs to get a business account

Abdulhakim wanted something as basic as a business account associated with his newly started electronics business in Sorø. But like so many other small businessmen, he was turned down by the banks. With the help of a business network, he eventually managed to get an account.


The Money Laundering Act hits the self-employed and NGOs hard

The fight against money laundering and terrorist financing is crucial, but the strict rules create financial exclusion and hit small self-employed people hard.

Opinion piece by Finklusiv's founder Marie Olafsdottir. 


Refugees don't just have to go quickly into bad jobs. We must listen to their wishes

There is more focus on getting refugees into bad jobs quickly than creating a long-term attachment to the labor market. We should to a greater extent support refugees' dreams of being self-employed instead of going into grueling jobs that they can't keep anyway.

Opinion piece by Finklusiv's founder Marie Olafsdottir.