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Oikocredit records solid financial results

hands-nicolas-villaume.jpg24 March | 2015 Oikocredit’s recorded a net consolidated result of € 17.1 million, up from 2013 €13.4 million in 2013. Oikocredit managing director, Mr David Woods, said the results were testament to a sound ... full story

Oikocredit’s Latest Deal in Uganda

KCB-Uganda.jpg24 March | 2015 King's College Budo (KCB) is a mixed boarding secondary school which provides education at both ordinary and advanced levels. KCB was founded in 1906 by the Anglican Church of Uganda located in ... full story

Microfinance in Morocco

alkarama-mr-elmetiouy.jpg24 March | 2015 Fondation Al Karama pour la microfinance (Al Karama) is a microfinance institution (MFI) in Morocco that provides microloans and technical assistance to primarily women. As one of the oldest MFIs ... full story

A balanced financial approach

irene-and-max-470-pixels.jpg23 March | 2015 For 40 years, Oikocredit has balanced its social and financials returns. For the full year 2014, Oikocredit recorded another set of solid financial results. In acknowledgment of Oikocredit’s ... full story

Oikocredit’s first ever loan in India

vellore-medical-college-2015.jpg17 March | 2015 In India, around 300 million of its 1.2 billion inhabitants live below the $1.25 a day poverty line. When Oikocredit began operations 40 years ago, the number was almost the same, with around 320 ... full story

Oikocredit invests $5M in Andean hydro project

david-ten-kroode-in-the-field.jpg12 March | 2015 Social investor and worldwide cooperative, Oikocredit, has made a US$ 5 million investment in Generación Andina, a subsidiary of Union Group, currently building two run-of-river hydropower plants ... full story

40 years of providing opportunities to develop

manduvira-website-news-item.jpg11 March | 2015 As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, Oikocredit hosted a dinner on 11 February for the partners and peers attending Biofach, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food. This year ... full story

Study tour heads to India

470px-bifpl-in-1917-01.jpg11 February | 2015 This year Oikocredit’s annual study tour will head to India. Groups of volunteers, members and investors will travel across southern and eastern India to visit Oikocredit partners. The tour will begin in Hyderabad and then split into groups that will travel for seven days from 15 to 21 February. full story

Senegalese village cooperative benefits from Oikocredit’s support

adu-sn-01-470-pixels.jpg08 January | 2015 Association des Usagers de Thielène (Adu Thielène) is a farmer’s cooperative with more than 300 members in the village of Thielène, Senegal. The cooperative was established in 1960 to provide ... full story

Season’s greetings from Oikocredit

manos-del-uruguay-01.jpg23 December | 2014 Thank you for your commitment to making the world a better place! We wish you warmest season’s greetings with peace, happiness and joy for the coming year. Alicia's story full story

Letter from our managing director

David Woods in the field22 December | 2014 Dear valued stakeholders, With 2014 almost at an end, it’s a good time not only to reflect on the year’s achievements, but also to look forward to what 2015 may bring for us. We’ve had a good year... full story

Oikocredit mourns Mme Botti’s passing

madame-botti.png16 December | 2014 David Woods, managing director of Oikocredit International, announced today, “It is with sadness we announce the sudden passing of our friend and partner Lou Mezo Rosalie Botti, affectionately ... full story

Investing in clean energy

david-ten-kroode.jpg09 December | 2014 In 2013, Oikocredit amended its investment guidelines to incorporate environmental criteria. In mid-2014 Oikocredit welcomed renewable energy financing expert, David ten Kroode, who will build-up and manage the renewable energy portfolio in conjunction with our regional offices. With a set strategy and a few deals now done, we spoke with David about how and where he will build-up the portfolio and why the renewable energy sector is a good fit for Oikocredit. full story

A people, planet, profit investment fund

470px-ecoenterprises-1765-cr-01.jpg26 November | 2014 As a social investor, Oikocredit invests directly in organizations as well as a small number of social or sustainable funds. One of Oikocredit’s sustainable investments is in EcoEnterprises Fund, ... full story

Update on Ebola in West Africa

26 November | 2014 Despite the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has now spread to Mali, Oikocredit’s operations in the region remain unaffected by the virus. Mali, the newest country to be caught up in ... full story

Oikocredit expands funding to renewable energy projects

david-ten-kroode-square.jpg18 November | 2014 Social investor and worldwide cooperative, Oikocredit, has created a new unit dedicated to investing in renewable energy projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia. full story

Microfinance partners honoured in the Philippines

awards-winners-25th-anniversary-ph.jpg17 November | 2014 Oikocredit partners and peers in the Philippines were honoured with awards in special recognition for their outstanding social and financial transformations. The awards were presented during the ... full story

Cocovico market hall improves women’s lives in Ivory Coast

Zian Lou Bonan is a vendor selling various fruits and vegetables at the Cocovico market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast04 November | 2014 By providing a loan, Oikocredit not only contributes to improving the lives of numerous female traders in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), but also making a major contribution to social and economic development in the country. full story

Oikocredit regional offices hold multi-stakeholder events

25th-anniversary-philippines.jpg28 October | 2014 Last week two Oikocredit regional offices, West Africa and Southeast Asia held events to celebrate their achievements. The West African office, based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, celebrated its 20th... full story

Micro to medium loans in Mexico

470px-unicreich-mx-1673-01.jpg22 October | 2014 One of Oikocredit’s latest deals in Q3 was to UNICREICH, a credit union which operates in urban and rural areas in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. It provides loans to micro, small and ... full story

Oikocredit’s latest deal in the Philippines

470px-ashi-ph-1798-01.jpg22 October | 2014 Ahon Sa Hirap Inc. (ASHI) is a microfinance institution in the Philippines, providing microloans as well as other services to women. ASHI’s mission is to empower economically disadvantaged women ... full story

Nigeria and Senegal declared Ebola free

seap-nigeria.jpg21 October | 2014 Despite the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Oikocredit’s operations in the region continue unaffected by the virus. full story

Mariam Dao tours Belgium and Germany

0811-cocovico-carrousel-photo.jpg09 October | 2014 Oikocredit representative for West Africa, Mariam Dao, has begun her tour of eight cities in Belgium and Germany. During her tour, Ms Dao will showcase Oikocredit's work in her region, in particular its work with agriculture, inclusive finance and women. full story

Oikocredit makes $2.5M investment in Zambian fish farm

yalelo-right-sidebar.jpg18 September | 2014 Social investor and worldwide cooperative, Oikocredit, this week invested US$ 2.5 million in Yalelo Ltd, a sustainable aquaculture company in Zambia. Yalelo farms tilapia in Lake Kariba which is ... full story

Advancing gender balance

Ylse and Irene-right-sidebar.jpg16 September | 2014 According to a recent study published by the Grant Thornton International Business Report, the proportion of women in senior roles worldwide has stagnated at 24%. At Oikocredit, the division of ... full story

Banking on a better future

anne-nakawunde.jpg27 August | 2014 Finance Trust Bank is a Ugandan microfinance bank and Oikocredit partner which was founded in 1984 to give women access to financial services. The bank was founded by a group of women who realised that the reason women were more economically disadvantaged in Uganda was because of their lack of access to financial services. Today the bank has over 200,000 clients, majority of which are female. We spoke with the CEO of Finance Trust Bank, Annet Nakawunde Mulindwa, about the history of the bank and how it continues to empower women 30 years on. full story

A woman in a man’s world

coop-maimon-2.jpg13 August | 2014 Like many Latin American countries, the Dominican Republic has a strong, male-oriented culture. Although this culture is beginning to shift, for many women in the Dominican Republic, life is a daily battle between running a household and slaying the ‘macho dragon’. full story

Oikocredit commits to Microcredit Summit Campaign

20140221_044.jpg06 August | 2014 Part of Oikocredit’s approach is maintaining a balance between financial, social and environmental impacts. As part of Oikocredit’s management of social performance, Oikocredit has signed-on as the Microcredit Summit Campaign’s latest commitment member. The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a microfinance industry initiative which aims to unite like-minded organizations in supporting clients to lift themselves out of poverty. full story

Uniting Uruguayan wool producers

clu-uruguay-latest-deals-small.jpg17 July | 2014 Central Lanera Uruguaya (CLU) is a cooperative which gathers and processes wool from around 2,500 farming families across Uruguay. Founded in 1969, CLU is organized as a second-tier cooperative which provides farmers with advanced payments and final prices for their wool and meat, ensuring they receive a stable income. full story

Funding renewable energy in Bulgaria

16 July | 2014 Union Solar is a renewable energy company established in 2010 to supply clean energy into the Bulgarian power grid. Since its establishment, the company has built a 2.5 megawatt solar park using photovoltaic (PV) systems. full story

Oikocredit meets with its founding member

David Woods at the first full meeting of the new Central Committee of the World Council of Churches10 July | 2014 From 2 to 9 July in Geneva, Switzerland, the first full meeting of the new Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) took place. Oikocredit’s managing director, David Woods, travelled to the event to address the Central Committee in a session focused on economic justice. full story

Oikocredit increases investments in low-income countries

foncom-bolivia-felix.jpg23 June | 2014 Oikocredit today released its social performance results for 2013, which reflect data reported by over 608 Oikocredit partner organizations. full story

Oikocredit summer meetings have begun

Oikocredit International staff and MT members present at the AGM16 June | 2014 The Oikocredit meetings for the board, cooperative members, staff and SAs began yesterday, Sunday 15 June in Piura, Peru and will conclude on Friday 20 June with the AGM. full story

Improving India’s health and sanitation

bwdc-india-mathavi.jpg13 June | 2014 As less than half of India’s 1.2 billion inhabitants live without access to safe drinking water and sanitary systems, Oikocredit’s Indian-based subsidiary, Maanaveeya, implemented a programme to help address water and sanitation needs. full story

Strengthening partner performance in Bolivia

felix-foncom-bolivia-square.jpg10 June | 2014 Fondo de la Comunidad (FONCOM) is an Oikocredit partner and microfinance institution (MFI) in Bolivia which mainly serves low-income earners in the urban and semi-urban areas of Cochabamba. The majority of FONCOM’s clients have set up micro, small or medium enterprises with few resources. In addition to providing loans, FONCOM offers its clients other financial services including savings products, utility bill payments and money transfers. FONCOM also provides employment to over 160 people through its seven branches across Bolivia. full story

Looking behind the lens

opmeer-reports-at-work-newsletter.jpg27 May | 2014 For 16 months, Dutch couple Wim and Pauline Opmeer travelled 34,000 km in their van across Latin America. The Dutch duo, Opmeer Reports, visited over 15 countries and numerous microfinance and agricultural organizations, and some Oikocredit offices, providing stories, videos and professional photos. The couple recently returned to the Netherlands where we spoke with them about their experiences. full story

Oikocredit’s latest deal in Nicaragua

micredito-02-nicaragua.jpg14 May | 2014 MiCrédito SA is a Nicaraguan microfinance institution (MFI) that provides loans to small-scale farmers and micro-entrepreneurs. Majority of MiCrédito’s clients live in rural areas and around 60% are women. full story

Uniting dairy farmers in Kenya

ol-kalou-dairy-kenya.jpg14 May | 2014 Ol’Kalou Dairy is a dairy collection company based in the remote farming county of Nyandarua. The company collects unpasteurised milk from around 7,000 registered milk suppliers, 3,500 of which actively supply milk to Ol’Kalou Dairy. full story

Exploring Oikocredit’s work in Bolivia

Village banking with Bolivian Oikocredit partner, CRECER.07 May | 2014 Oikocredit’s second study tour for this year is about to begin. A total of 15 participants, including staff, volunteers, members and investors will travel to Bolivia to visit partners, those organizations Oikocredit invests in, from 11 to 17 May. full story

Study tour heads to Dominican Republic

study-tour-DR-2014.jpg24 April | 2014 This year Oikocredit will be hosting two study tours, its first to the Dominican Republic. A group of volunteers, members and investors of Oikocredit in Canada and the USA will visit partners across the Dominican Republic from 27 April to 2 May 2014. The second tour heads for Bolivia in May. full story

Annual report for 2013 online

Cover Annual Report 201331 March | 2014 Oikocredit's annual report for 2013 provides an update on operations and performance, including further detail about Oikocredit’s strategic investments in Africa, agriculture and inclusive finance. full story

Adding value to microfinance

elikanah-spm.jpg26 March | 2014 As part of its work as a social investor, Oikocredit has a capacity building unit as part of the social performance department that assists partners and the wider microfinance community in maintaining social practices. Oikocredit has dedicated social performance officers in every region that mentor and support existing and potential partners in both day-to-day operations and longer-term social goals. Elikanah Ng’ang’a is one of Oikocredit’s social performance officers and covers four countries in East Africa. We recently spoke with Elikanah about the role of social performance in his region. full story

Oikocredit delivers solid financial results

alide-small.jpg19 March | 2014 Oikocredit recorded another set of solid results for the full year ended 31 December 2013. Throughout the year, Oikocredit continued its strategic investments in Africa, agriculture and inclusive finance, whilst looking to develop into other sectors. full story

Oikocredit's latest deal in Colombia

1742-red-col-01-lp-feature.jpg17 March | 2014 Red Ecolsierra is a small to medium sized organization of organic and Fairtrade coffee and honey growers located in the department of Magdalena, in the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia. The organization began in 1997 with 71 small producers and has since grown to include 318 members, majority of which remain smallholder farmers. full story

Reaching rural areas in Africa

adama-thiaw.jpg12 March | 2014 In recent years, Oikocredit has focussed on Africa as one of its strategic investment areas. Oikocredit currently has over € 70 million invested in Africa across a range of sectors, with the plan for further expansion. Financing of both agricultural enterprises and microfinance institutions will remain a core part of the portfolio. Microfinance institutions (MFIs) across Africa play a key role in access to financial services, with many microborrowers located in rural areas without access to finance. full story

Caring for coffee in Latin America

capucas-small.jpg05 March | 2014 As part of Oikocredit’s focus on agriculture, it supports various agricultural value chains, in particular coffee in Latin America. Coffee contributes to approximately 36% of Oikocredit’s total agricultural portfolio in Latin America, making it a focus area for investment in many countries. Coffee has been farmed in Latin America for centuries. Recently, this important sector was struck by a fast spreading fungal disease that could devastate farmers and the entire industry. The fungus causes coffee leaf rust, infecting the coffee plant’s leaves, making them fall off and weaken (and in extreme cases, kill) the coffee tree. full story

Update on Philippine operations

Update-on-Philippine-operations-220.jpg27 February | 2014 On 7-8 November, typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Visayas region of central Philippines, creating storm surges of 6 metres, inundating towns and destroying everything in its path. As communication was almost impossible for weeks after the typhoon hit, at the time it was reported that a total of eight Oikocredit partners were affected on the devastated islands of Leyte and Samar. full story

More than just quality coffee in Nicaragua

Aldea Global09 January | 2014 In the mountainous regions of northern Nicaragua, a not for profit association is working with 1,457 small scale farmers to produce Fairtrade and organic coffee. Asociación "Aldea Global", in Jinotega, produces coffee for export, as well as fresh produce for national markets.

The organization also provides its members with micro-loans, technical assistance and value-added commercialisation services. We recently spoke with Aldea Global’s general manager, Warren E. Armstrong, an American national living in Nicaragua since 1985, who joined Aldea Global in 2000. full story

Supporting small business in Rio de Janeiro

Socialcred-Constancia-Couto-130-20140102.jpg02 January | 2014 In what’s commonly known as the "favelas" of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, groups of women come together to design and make handicrafts for a living. Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are built around the edge of the main city and are associated with extreme poverty. The women’s groups are part of Asta, a cooperative which aims to teach women how to make products whilst providing a sales channel to sell them. full story

Season's greetings from Oikocredit

OIKO054_Kerstkaart 2013-130-95.png24 December | 2013 Season's greetings and the best wishes for the New Year from Oikocredit! full story

An investor’s experience in Central America

Ueli Burkhalter12 December | 2013 Oikocredit works in 67 countries, mostly across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Many Oikocredit investors want to experience first-hand the work of Oikocredit. Ueli Burkhalter, investor and board member of Oikocredit support association Deutsche Schweiz recently returned from Central America where he visited several Oikocredit offices, partners and end-clients. We spoke with Ueli about his experiences in the field. full story

The time for Africa

IMCEC-SN-06-130.jpg04 December | 2013 In recent years, Oikocredit has focussed on Africa, agriculture and inclusive finance as its strategic investment areas. Oikocredit currently has € 72.5 million invested in Africa across a range of sectors, with the plan for further expansion. So, why Africa and why now? We recently spoke with Oikocredit regional director for East Africa, Judy Ngarachu, and Oikocredit deputy regional manager for West Africa, Yves Komaclo, about Oikocredit’s investments in Africa. full story

Update on Oikocredit’s Philippine partners

Philippines-update-2031125.jpg22 November | 2013 As reported on 11 November, a number of Oikocredit partners were hit by typhoon Haiyan which ripped through the Philippines on 7-8 November. It has been confirmed that a total of eight Oikocredit partners were affected on the devastated islands of Leyte and Samar. These partners include LAMP, Leyte 4th, SACRED, AKMA, OCCCI, TSKI and CARD MRI. full story

Oikocredit Philippine partners hit by Typhoon Haiyan

11 November | 2013 Typhoon Haiyan was the 24th typhoon to strike the Philippines this year and the strongest ever. It hit six spots in the central Philippines, creating storm surges of 6 metres, inundating towns and destroying everything in its path. Oikocredit’s regional director Southeast Asia, Maria Theresa Pilapil, reported from Manila that while Oikocredit staff and families were all safe, Oikocredit partners on the devastated islands of Leyte and Samar had not escaped. full story

How social investments 'circulate'

MIDE-PE-23-130.jpg28 October | 2013 As a social investor, Oikocredit is certified by various organizations on its sustainable investment portfolio. One of these certifiers is Forum Ethibel, a Belgian-based NGO which provides a label guaranteeing to investors that the organization has scored well in all areas of corporate social responsibility. We spoke with Herwig Peeters, Forum Ethibel's director, about the world of social investments and savings and why he’s involved in this sector. full story

Oikocredit’s latest deal in Tajikistan

imon-news-item.jpg23 October | 2013 IMON International is a leading microfinance institution (MFI) in Tajikistan, offering financial and non-financial services to urban and rural micro-entrepreneurs. The MFI was originally founded by the National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan in partnership with Mercy Corps in 1999. full story

The role of inclusive finance

Anton Simanowitz24 September | 2013 Oikocredit currently has 589 investments in microfinance organizations, totalling 80% of its current portfolio. Why is microfinance so important and how does it work? We recently spoke with Anton Simanowitz, a widely published UK academic and specialist working with Oikocredit, about the role of financial services in disadvantaged people’s lives. full story

Investing in Peruvian alpacas

COOPECAN, Peru02 September | 2013 High in the Peruvian Andes, Oikocredit supports the traditional farming of alpacas, a South American herd animal and cousin of the Llama. Alpacas live in high altitude areas, between 3,500 to 5,000 metres above sea level, and are traditionally farmed for their high quality wool. full story

Mariam Dao to tour Europe and USA

Mariam Dao30 August | 2013 Oikocredit representative for West Africa, Mariam Dao, will be touring Switzerland, France and the US from 31 August to 26 September. Ms Dao will showcase the work Oikocredit has been doing in her region, in particular its work with agriculture, inclusive finance and women. full story

Meeting the demand for equity

Barefoot Power12 August | 2013 Oikocredit has currently invested € 48 million in 45 organizations and intends to increase this to € 70 million by 2015. What’s behind this growth and what possibilities do equity investments hold? We recently spoke with Stefan Harpe, manager equity investments, who established and with his colleagues built up the equity portfolio at Oikocredit International. full story

Uniting farmers in Côte d’Ivoire

UCOVISA, Côte d’Ivoire29 July | 2013 Union des Coopératives du Vivrier des Savannes (UCOVISA) is an agricultural union that brings together 17,000 corn and cashew producers from 12 cooperatives in the northern region of Côte d’Ivoire. The cooperative members are located across three of the region’s most impoverished departments, Korhogo, Ferkessédougou and Tengrela. full story

Oikocredit and FMO fund celebrates one year

Guillermo Salcedo24 July | 2013 One year ago, Oikocredit, along with Dutch development bank FMO, established the LIC Loan Fund. The fund was established to reach out and create more business opportunities for micro and small entrepreneurs in some of the poorest countries worldwide. Both organizations put € 5 million towards the fund, taking total capital to € 10 million. We recently spoke with Guillermo Salcedo, deputy director loans and investments at Oikocredit International, about how the fund is faring and where he sees it heading in the future. full story

Contributing positively to Paraguay's economy

HugoAmarilla.jpg22 July | 2013 Vision Banco is a leading microfinance institution in Paraguay, providing financial services and microloans for over 20 years. full story

Supporting Bolivia’s superfood

0453-ide-bo-04.png09 July | 2013 In Bolivia, Oikocredit supports the production of quinoa, a grain that is commonly referred to as a ‘superfood’ which has been grown in the Andes region for the past 3,000 years. As 2013 is the UN’s International Year of Quinoa, we recently spoke with Oikocredit country manager Bolivia, Marisol Fernández, about quinoa farming and why it’s such an important sector in Bolivia. full story

Oikocredit partner list for 2012 online

cover-partner-list-2012-news-item.jpg27 June | 2013 Oikocredit's full list of partners at 31 December 2012 is now available to download. full story

Partners honoured for outstanding social performance in Asia

esg-award-winners-2013.jpg17 June | 2013 Two partners in Cambodia were honoured for their outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) work in a ceremony attended by Oikocredit investors, members and staff. The awards, which selected the top social performers from Oikocredit’s microfinance partners in Cambodia, recognized VisionFund Cambodia and AMK for their exceptional accomplishments. full story

Oikocredit committed to client welfare

spm-report-2012-news-item220x220.jpg14 June | 2013 Oikocredit today released its social performance results for 2012. The results reflect data reported by over 634 organizations, reaffirming the commitment of Oikocredit’s partners to social goals and performance. full story

Cambodia to host Oikocredit AGM

members-2012-new.jpg05 June | 2013 Next week Oikocredit’s members, board and staff will travel to Siem Reap, Cambodia to attend the Oikocredit annual general meeting (AGM). full story

Supporting rural entrepreneurship

1177-visionfundcambodia-220x220.jpg29 May | 2013 Oikocredit partner VisionFund Cambodia (VFC) provides loans to poor farmers and small entrepreneurs in rural areas to enable them to generate a reliable source of income. full story

Investing in African agriculture

KITU-TZ-09-400.jpg24 May | 2013 Last week Oikocredit managing director, David Woods, travelled to Tanzania and Kenya to visit current and potential Oikocredit partners. Mr Woods visited both countries in East Africa as part of Oikocredit's focus on Africa and agriculture. full story

Oikocredit funds Peruvian banana farmers

APPBO-PE-21-square.jpg16 May | 2013 Oikocredit partnered with Asociación de Pequeños Productores de Banano Orgánico Samán y Anexos (APPBOSA) in 2007. full story

Weaving towards a better future in Uruguay

interview-cecilia-news-item-400x400.jpg18 April | 2013 Since the opening of our Uruguay office in 1983, Oikocredit has worked to make financial and social impacts across the country. For the past six years, this has been made possible by our dedicated country manager, Cecilia Maroño, who works closely with each of our partners in Uruguay. We recently spoke with Cecilia to hear about the work she’s been doing in her region, particularly with the wool sector. full story

Over-indebtedness of microfinance borrowers in Cambodia

amk-cam-11-300x300-news-item.jpg16 April | 2013 Oikocredit, BlueOrchard Finance and Incofin IM have published the final report of their research entitled “Study on the Drivers of Over-Indebtedness of Microfinance Borrowers in Cambodia: an In-depth Investigation of Saturated Areas”. full story

Annual report for 2012 online

Cover Annual report 201202 April | 2013 Oikocredit's annual report for 2012 reflects Oikocredit’s continued strategic focus on Africa, agriculture and inclusive finance.  In 2012, Oikocredit’s loan approvals were at record levels, ... full story

A positive year of financial and social results for Oikocredit

press-release-year-figures.jpg11 March | 2013 Oikocredit recorded another positive year of social and financial results. With 854 partners across 67 countries, Oikocredit continued its strategic focus on Africa, agriculture and inclusive finance. full story

Oikocredit much appreciated in Senegal

copex-sud-300x30001 March | 2013 Blanca Méndez, communications officer at Oikocredit International, talks about the 2013 study tour to Senegal. Each year we organize a study tour for investors, members and volunteers to meet local staff, partners and clients to see first-hand the opportunities and challenges involved in our work. full story

Oikocredit actively supports the Client Protection Certification Program

smartcampaign.jpg28 February | 2013 Social investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit stands behind the Smart Campaign as it rolls out the Client Protection Certification Program. Oikocredit will promote compliance with the certification standards among its microfinance partners (MFIs) with a goal of having four undergo certification within the next two years. full story

Study tour heads to Senegal in 2013

imcec07 February | 2013 Oikocredit’s annual study tour will begin this week in the West African country of Senegal. From 9 to 17 February 16 volunteers, members and investors of Oikocredit will visit partners across Senegal. full story

Oikocredit Nigeria hosts Social Performance Management awareness workshop

nigeria-spm-workshop.jpg24 January | 2013 Oikocredit Nigeria recently held a two-day workshop in Lagos to raise awareness about Social Performance Management (SPM) practices in the microfinance sector. full story

Kuapa Kokoo launches radio programme

kuapa-radio-200x200.jpg10 January | 2013 How do you communicate to 65,000 members, some of whom live deep in the rainforest and can’t read or write? This has been a major challenge over recent years for Kuapa Kokoo, a fair trade partner of Oikocredit in Ghana. It seemed the best solution for the farmer’s cooperative was to take over the airwaves – just for an hour a week. full story

Maanaveeya promotes sustainable financing for sanitation and clean water

inti-in-72-square.jpg08 January | 2013 Indian-based subsidiary of Oikocredit, Maanaveeya, recently promoted sustainable financing of safe drinking water, sanitation, solar energy and agricultural value chains in India. As less than half of India’s population have access to safe drinking water and sanitary systems and over 400 million remain without access to electricity, addressing these issues remains a key priority for Maanaveeya and its partners. full story

David Woods to start as managing director in January

david-woods-300x30018 December | 2012 On 1 January 2013 Mr David Woods will begin as managing director of Oikocredit, replacing the retiring Ben Simmes. Mr Woods brings extensive international business and leadership experience to Oikocredit. full story

Interview: From one managing director to another

ben-simmes-david-woods-q-and-a.jpg13 December | 2012 As 2013 will see the retirement of Mr Ben Simmes and the start for Mr David Woods, we asked the outgoing and incoming managing directors to interview one another. Having worked with Oikocredit for over 16 years, Mr Simmes asks Mr Woods where he sees it positioned in the future and reflects on his time with the organisation. In turn, Mr Woods talks about what he’ll bring to the organisation and asks for any advice for the years to come. full story

Oikocredit to open office in Canada

flag-canada.jpg26 November | 2012 Oikocredit will expand its international network in 2013 to open a national office in Toronto, Canada. full story

Cooperativa Manduvirá to tour Europe

manduvira.jpg29 October | 2012 Andrés González, general manager of Cooperativa Manduvirá Ltda from Paraguay, and Rodrigo Ortiz, country manager of Oikocredit Paraguay, are touring Europe from 1 to 13 November on a roadshow to talk about their history and future ambitions. Manduvirá, a sugarcane small farmers’ cooperative, which mainly produces fair trade, organic sugar, is building a brand new factory. Oikocredit was the first financier to invest in the plant. full story

Growing economies with agriculture

aski-news-agriculture.JPG11 October | 2012 A strategy outlined by Oikocredit aims to expand its agricultural portfolio of projects outside micro- finance to 30% over the next five years. An integral part of this objective is to expand financing to agricultural projects. The agricultural strategy, which was launched in 2010, focuses on developing countries with a significant potential for development through agricultural projects. full story

Oikocredit appoints David Woods as new managing director

11 October | 2012 Oikocredit is pleased to announce David Woods has accepted the role as new Managing Director of Oikocredit International. He will join Oikocredit 1 November 2012 and officially take up his post 1 January 2013, replacing Ben Simmes, who will be retiring after serving Oikocredit for sixteen years in a number of key roles. full story

Interview: The changing face of microfinance

ben-simmes.jpg28 September | 2012 Ben Simmes, Managing Director Oikocredit, shares his view on how microfinance has changed, and what the industry needs for the future. full story

Oikocredit West Africa launches social performance mentoring programme

11 September | 2012 Oikocredit West Africa and Terrafina Microfinance are launching a joint social performance management (SPM) mentoring programme in Saint-Louis, Senegal. The main objective of the programme is to support five MFI networks to identify areas where they can improve with regards to client focus and social performance. full story

New Grameen report on poverty outreach in the Philippines

07 September | 2012 Grameen Foundation has published a new report, co-funded by Oikocredit, entitled Poverty Outreach of Selected Microfinance Institutions in the Philippines. full story

Severe floods hit Oikocredit partners in the Philippines

09 August | 2012 This week, the Philippines has been hit by flooding and landslides as a month's worth of rain fell over two days. A state of calamity has been declared in parts of Manila and other areas as roads have become inaccessible, houses have become inundated and people have died. full story

Coops foster self-help and sustainable development

06 July | 2012 Cooperatives around the world will celebrate their unique structure with the official International Day of Cooperatives tomorrow. full story

Partners honoured for outstanding social performance in the Philippines

29 June | 2012 Two partners in the Philippines were honoured for their outstanding work in environment, social and governance in a ceremony held by Oikocredit South East Asia last night. full story

Costa Rican partner featured at Rio+20

28 June | 2012 A report on Costa Rican cooperative partner Coonaprosal was featured as a Social Business case study at Rio+20 in Brazil last week. full story

The Rotary Foundation to support Oikocredit partner with training

26 June | 2012 The first project in the partnership between Oikocredit and The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has been launched in the Philippines. full story

FMO and Oikocredit creating opportunities in low income countries

20 June | 2012 Dutch development bank FMO and Oikocredit have launched a €10 million fund to create business opportunities in low income countries. By providing access to finance, the Low Income Countries (LIC) Fund aims to support micro and small entrepreneurs in countries recognized by the United Nations as low income. full story

Meet the president: Salome Sengani, president board of directors

19 June | 2012 Mrs Sengani is a South African national, with specific expertise in corporate strategy and banking. She holds an MBA from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Mrs Sengani has broad experience as a board member. full story

New president for Oikocredit Board of Directors

19 June | 2012 Oikocredit has named a new president and vice president for the Board of Directors, following its Annual General Meeting in Bälsta, Sweden on 15 June 2012. full story

The full picture: 500 MFIs report social data for 2011

15 June | 2012 Close to 500 microfinance institutions around the world have reported social performance data to private microfinance investor Oikocredit. The data, to be released today in Stockholm, Sweden, reflects the organization’s dedication to prioritising microfinance clients by advancing the analysis of social goals. The report draws on 2011 data submitted by 495 of Oikocredit’s microfinance partners - a 20% jump in data participation since data collection began in 2008. full story

INTERVIEW: Supporting sustainable growth for African entrepreneurs

23 May | 2012 Oikocredit has sponsored this year’s Africa Finance and Investment Forum (AFIF) to be held in the Netherlands in June. As Florian Grohs, Director Loans & Investments, explains, Oikocredit has 15% of its entire portfolio in Africa and is continuing to expand its outreach in the continent. The upcoming EMRC event encourages growth in Africa’s private sector by fostering intercontinental partnerships. full story
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