For Vikram Pandit, Tuesday will provide a momentary break from the harsh spotlight steadily focused on Citigroup Inc., and a chance to turn the focus to his institution's less traditional lending efforts in underserved communities.

Pandit, Citi's chief executive, and Robert A. Annibale, its global director of microfinance, were scheduled to spend Tuesday in San Antonio to mark the one-year anniversary of Citi's partnership with Accion Texas, the nation's largest microlender. The day will include Pandit's first meeting with Janie Barrera, Accion Texas' president and CEO, who brokered a landmark five-year deal with Citi in August of last year.

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