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  1. Partner visit to SEKEM: It takes a vision and a community

    November 7, 2016 - by Malu Padilla - 0 comments

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    We started our journey home at the crack of dawn following a fantastic visit to SEKEM. As the farm buildings receded into the darkness, my thoughts turned to the additional baggage we were bringing back with us. It was an amazing week of seeing the unfolding of a vision. 

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  2. Partner visit to SEKEM: A unique university and a festival

    November 5, 2016 - by Archie Pearson - 0 comments

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    In the morning we were able to visit the last part of the SEKEM education supply chain, the Heliopolis University. While in the afternoon, we were able to attend SEKEM’s 39th anniversary held in the SEKEM amphitheatre.

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  3. Partner visit to SEKEM: support and returns on family land

    November 4, 2016 - by Cheryl Jackson - 2 comments

    Donkey’s at a SEKEM supplier farm

    We set off on a two-hour drive to visit one of SEKEM’s farmer suppliers in the Fayoum oasis, a 6,000km2 basin, 30% of which is fertile farmland. This rich agricultural area, 90km southwest of Cairo, is watered by the Nile through a comprehensive series of canals and dams. The water then drains into a desert depression that forms a large lake.

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  4. Partner visit to SEKEM: From plant to package

    November 3, 2016 - by Edwin Deventer - 4 comments

    Angela Hoffman explaining how compost is produced

    While yesterday we were able to take a look at SEKEM’s educational activities, today we explored SEKEM’s business operations:  its agricultural work, as well as its production of food, beverages and clothing.

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  5. Partner visit to SEKEM: Education as the foundation of human development

    November 2, 2016 - by Malu Padilla - 0 comments

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    After waking up to a serene misty morning, we enjoyed a delicious Egyptian breakfast and embarked on the first day of our week-long SEKEM partner visit. We began with their morning practice of forming a circle where we introduced ourselves to each other. We were told that starting the day in a circle is a SEKEM tradition that symbolises equality. It is their way of wishing each other a good day.

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  6. Partner visit to SEKEM: First impressions

    October 31, 2016 - by Edwin Deventer - 1 comment

    Dinner at the SEKEM guesthouse (from left to right: Wilfried Steen, José Augusto Cordón, Malu Padilla, Christine Arlt and Rene Floride).

    The first Oikocredit partner visit to SEKEM is taking place from Sunday 30 October to Sunday 6 November. A group of nine people, who are all involved with Oikocredit in different ways, will keep you updated of their findings through this blog.

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  7. Oikocredit partner Ezoxs in Bulgaria (2): Organic milk and biogas

    October 14, 2016 - by Helmut Berg - 0 comments

    Dobromir Dobrev Georgi Kirov and Ogniyan Ogniyanov

    Last week I visited Oikocredit partner Ezoxs with four journalists. We not only got an impression of what the founders of the agricultural business had achieved (see part 1), but also the key role that Ezoxs plays in the community.

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  8. Oikocredit partner Ezoxs in Bulgaria (1): “Mission accomplished”

    October 14, 2016 - by Helmut Berg - 0 comments

    Ezoxs founders Ogniyan Ogniyanov and Dobromir Dobrev with Oikocredit country manager Lachezar Stoyanov

    Oikocredit’s support for the Ezoxs organic milk farm in Slavyanovo near Popovo in north-western Bulgaria has helped transform it from an agricultural business rejected by banks into a successful company. Local banks now come knocking at Ezoxs’ door, whereas just a couple of years ago they refused to even extend loans.

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  9. Celebrating International Coffee Day by reducing price risks for coffee farmers

    October 1, 2016 - by Frank Rubio - 2 comments

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    On 1 October, people across the globe will join together at various events to celebrate the 2nd annual International Coffee Day where they can indulge in delectable roasts from all regions.

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  10. Coffee: Is there an elephant in the room?

    July 1, 2016 - by Frank Rubio - 0 comments

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    My colleagues and I have just returned from the annual World of Coffee event in Dublin organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE). The event hosted over 10,000 participants from all across the coffee value chain including traders, wholesalers, coffee machinery vendors, producers, government representatives, and others. Interestingly enough, Oikocredit was the only social lender present at this event.

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