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Agricultural Alliance, CSAF, reaches two million smallholder farmers with nearly $600M in credit

Ambootia.jpg12 July | 2016 After two years since the establishment of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), its members continue to grow their lending and reach to small farmers and their communities. CSAF... full story

CONCRECES: A sombrero business that supports its people

concreces.jpg08 July | 2016 In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, almost half the population works in the primary sector, with limited access to banks or financial institutions. Many small entrepreneurs struggle to obtain finance for their businesses. This is where Oikocredit partner, Unión de Crédito Concreces SA de CV (known as CONCRECES) plays a valuable role. CONCRECES is a well-established credit union supporting micro and small enterprises in Oaxaca and, to a smaller extent, in other states. full story

Interview with Oikocredit's country manager for Mexico

Carlos Rius.jpg04 July | 2016 Carlos Rius, Oikocredit’s country manager for Mexico, was interviewed about Oikocredit’s activities in Mexico and how working with credit unions has become a focal point for the country’s investment strategy. full story

Oikocredit invests US$ 4.4M in Costa Rican wind projects

Mark Roesink - full size (2).jpg30 June | 2016 Social investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has provided US$ 4.4 million in debt facilities for four 20MW-capacity wind projects in Costa Rica, marking the cooperative’s first investment in wind energy. full story

Oikocredit presents Coffee Excellence Awards

excellence.jpg28 June | 2016 On the evening of Friday 24 June, the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) held its annual Excellence Awards in Dublin, Ireland as part of the 2016 World of Coffee event. This year’s ... full story

Oikocredit invests $8M in Mongolian bank, XacBank

XacBank.png21 June | 2016 Oikocredit has joined eight other investors in a syndicated loan to XacBank in Mongolia, totalling US$ 108.5 million. Around US$ 30 million of the loan facility will be purely dedicated towards supporting female-owned or operated micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. full story

Oikocredit releases social results for 2015

Cover Social performance report 2015.jpg17 June | 2016 Oikocredit today released its social performance results for 2015 via a press conference in Amsterdam. Oikocredit social performance director and interim managing director, Ging Ledesma, presented... full story

Annual general meeting elects new board members, approves dividend

AGM2016-image115 June | 2016 Last week over 100 members and staff of Oikocredit International gathered for a week of meetings in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands. The week concluded with the cooperative’s annual general meeting (AGM) on 9 June. full story

“Oikocredit has far more influence and impact on people than I realised”

david-woods.jpg01 June | 2016 Following the announcement that he would be stepping down from his position as Oikocredit International’s (OI) managing director, David Woods shared his thoughts on his time at Oikocredit, his decision to move on and his future plans. full story

Oikocredit managing director David Woods steps down

david-woods.jpg01 June | 2016 David Woods has announced that he is stepping down from his position as Oikocredit International’s (OI) managing director to pursue his long-term personal goal of emigrating to New Zealand. full story

Oikocredit continues operations in Ecuador following devastating earthquake

Lorena.jpg27 May | 2016 On 16 April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador, killing 661 people and injuring 27,732*. Oikocredit Ecuador staff, based in Quito were not in areas affected by the earthquake. Since this first earthquake a number of small ones have followed, as well as tremors and aftershocks. full story

Study tour heads to Ecuador

ecuador.jpg03 May | 2016 This year Oikocredit’s annual study tour will take place in Ecuador. Groups of staff, volunteers, members and investors will visit partners and their end-clients in the country’s coastal and highland regions from 8 to 14 May 2016. full story

Annual report: Growth and change

Cover annual report 2015 English21 April | 2016 Oikocredit's annual report for 2015 is now online. It provides an update on operations and performance, including recent developments in our focus areas of inclusive finance, agriculture and renewable energy and Africa. full story

Data analysis and capacity building: linking good intentions with good results

1582-lolc-kh-1500pxs-01.jpg06 April | 2016 Microfinance institutions can support sustainable poverty alleviation, but only if they reach the right clients with the right services. Oikocredit’s client outcomes programme uses capacity ... full story

Interview: A grassroots-approach to innovation

Rien-and-Vincent-3.jpg30 March | 2016 The business development unit at Oikocredit’s Amersfoort office has expanded. The team now comprises two full-time business development specialists, Rien Hazeleger and newcomer Vincent van Dugteren, and director equity and business development Bart van Eyk. We spoke to Rien (RH) and Vincent (VvD) about what drives business development at Oikocredit and how innovation will be nurtured within the cooperative. full story

Oikocredit grows total portfolio by 23%, reaches record investments in Africa

yalelo-zambia-or.jpg23 March | 2016 Oikocredit has recorded another set of solid results for the full year ending 31 December 2015, passing a historic milestone of € 1 billion in total assets and recording exponential growth in ... full story

Oikocredit makes $11m investment in Honduran solar power plant

planta-solar-honduras2-(2).png07 March | 2016 In February, social investor and worldwide cooperative, Oikocredit, invested US$ 11 million in Compañía Hondureña de Energía Solar, S.A. de C.V. (COHESSA), a solar energy company established to build, own and operate the solar power plant ‘Valle Solar’ in the province of Nacaome in southern Honduras. Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, with the World Bank estimating that 62.8% of the population were living below the national poverty line in 2014. full story

Oikocredit invests $ 5.9 million in Nicaraguan agroforestry company

global-equity-team-2015.jpg08 February | 2016 Global impact investor, Oikocredit, has invested US$ 5.9 million in Cafetalera Nicafrance SA (Nicafrance), as part of a US$ 13.3 million co-investment with the Moringa Partnership. full story

Meeting the demand for sustainable fish

yalelo-news-item-01.jpg11 January | 2016 In September 2014, Oikocredit made its first equity investment of US$ 2.5 million in Yalelo Ltd, a sustainable aquaculture company in Zambia. Yalelo farms tilapia in Lake Kariba which is then sold... full story

First securitization deal for off-grid solar in Africa

david-ten-kroode.jpg05 January | 2016 At the end of 2015, Oikocredit and BBOXX, a British-based solar energy provider, announced that they had teamed up to fund the distribution and financing of solar technology for low-income households in Kenya. full story

Letter from our managing director

david-woods-Q42015-newsletter.png21 December | 2015 Dear valued stakeholders, With 2015 almost at a close, it’s a good time not only to reflect on the year’s achievements, but also look forward to what 2016 may bring. This year was one of steady ... full story

Indian water and sanitation initiative a success

belstar-india-news-item.jpg15 December | 2015 In 2011, Oikocredit’s Indian subsidiary, Maanaveeya, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) jointly funded a US$ 1 million Sustainable Financing for Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation and Renewable Energyproject (known as WATSAN). full story

Building up Oikocredit’s equity portfolio

Bart van Eyk 267 x 107.jpg09 December | 2015 In August 2015, Oikocredit welcomed a new member to the management team, Bart van Eyk. As the equity and business development director, Bart is responsible for building-up and managing the equity ... full story

Tree plantings mark Oikocredit’s 40th anniversary

Tree planting Kenya hands 150 x 226 .jpg18 November | 2015 Last week trees were planted in the Netherlands, Kenya and India to mark Oikocredit’s 40th anniversary, in ceremonies that were attended by Oikocredit employees from around the globe. The tree ... full story

Update on Philippine operations

tes-pilapil.jpg20 October | 2015 The Philippines has been hit by yet another devastating typhoon. On Sunday 18 October, typhoon Koppu (also known as Lando in the Philippines) made landfall near the town of Casiguran on the island... full story

Impact study on agriculture partner, SEKEM

SEKEM report14 September | 2015 In September 2014, Oikocredit initiated an impact evaluation study on its Egyptian agricultural partner, SEKEM. The study was coordinated by Oikocredit International in close cooperation with ... full story

Preparing for disaster and the effects of climate change

drrm-relief-philippines-occci.jpg10 September | 2015 Natural disasters affect everybody; however low-income earners are generally the ones that suffer the most. The Philippines is the third highest country at risk for natural disasters next to ... full story

Meeting the demand for sustainable agri-business

1632-COAG-BR-23.jpg02 September | 2015 Around 75% of people living on less the US$ 2 a day reside in rural areas, depending on agriculture as their main source of income. A growing world population and the effects of climate change are... full story

Future bright for Manduvirá’s sugar refinery

manduvira-paraguay-02-470pixels.png26 August | 2015 Cooperativa de Producción Agroindustrial, Ahorro y Crédito Manduvirá Ltda (Manduvirá) is an Oikocredit partner and cooperative producing organic and fair trade sugar in Paraguay. It operates out ... full story

Coffee and Reconciliation in Rwanda

coffee-rwanda-02-470pixels.png19 August | 2015 By Ging Ledesma In the Rusizi district of south-west Rwanda, Jean Bosco Ngabonziza, a nurse fondly known as ‘Nurse Bosco’, is a well-known and well-respected member of his community. After the ... full story

Organic and fair trade honey in Mexico

Miel Mexicana small.png30 July | 2015 Miel Mexicana Volcán Popocatepetl SC de RL (Miel Mexicana) is an agricultural cooperative focused on the production of organic and fair trade honey. The cooperative was established in 2002 by 35 ... full story

Cooperative banking in El Salvador

28 July | 2015 Banco Izalqueño de los Trabajadores Sociedad Cooperativa de RL de CV (Banco Izalqueño) is a regulated cooperative bank specialising in financing micro, small and medium enterprises as well as ... full story

Agricultural alliance, CSAF, provides over $500M in loans

agriculture-brazil.jpg17 July | 2015 In April 2014, seven social lenders — Alterfin, Oikocredit, Rabobank, responsAbility Investments AG, Root Capital, the Shared Interest Society and Triodos Investment Management teamed up to form ... full story

Bart van Eyk appointed equity and business development director

bart-van-eyk.png07 July | 2015 On 1 August, Bart van Eyk will begin as equity and business development director, joining Oikocredit International’s management team. Bart brings extensive international business and leadership ... full story

Oikocredit celebrates its 40th anniversary

fragment-drawing-agm-40thanniversary.png23 June | 2015 On 11 June, Oikocredit held its 40th anniversary event at Saint Elisabeth’s Church in Berlin-Mitte. Around 300 guests from over 30 countries came together to celebrate the anniversary of a ... full story

Oikocredit and Central Lanera Uruguaya; a long-term partnership

clu-uruguay-news-article-q2-2015.png18 June | 2015 Since its humble beginnings in 1975, Oikocredit has funded 1,670 partner organizations, disbursing over € 2.1 billion in development financing. Of the many organizations that have partnered with ... full story

Strong social and sustainable results for impact investor, Oikocredit

tpc-spmresults-option1.jpg16 June | 2015 Social investor and worldwide cooperative, Oikocredit, today released its social performance results for 2014. The results reflect data reported by 591 of Oikocredit’s partner organizations. In ... full story

Wendy Plant: over 30 years of dedicated service

wendy-plant.jpg02 June | 2015 Wendy Plant has been with Oikocredit for over 30 years, making her Oikocredit’s longest standing employee. Initially joining as an administrative staffer after moving to the Netherlands from her ... full story

Oikocredit’s first partner in Latin America

fepp-historic-image-470pixels.jpg27 May | 2015 In Ecuador over 20% of the population live below the national poverty line*. Among the country’s rural population this proportion rises to over 50%**. Fondo Ecuatoriano Populorum Progressio ... full story

The origin of Oikocredit’s name

candles-wcc-1968-220pixels.jpg19 May | 2015 Oikocredit’s roots can be traced back to a meeting of the World Council of Churches. During its 1968 General Assembly in Uppsala, Sweden, a number of young and politically engaged church members ... full story

Ylse van der Schoot: a strong leader who helped pave the way

Ylse van der Schoot12 May | 2015 At the end of April, Ylse van der Schoot, investor relations director announced that she would be leaving Oikocredit to pursue other challenges. Over her eight years with Oikocredit, Ylse has built a strong team, bringing structure and process to many of the cooperative’s operational activities. With the collaboration of her colleagues and the wider Oikocredit network, the department drove inflow of lendable funds from around € 460 million in 2009 to € 780 million in 2014. Her knowledge, commitment, drive and incredible work appetite will be sorely missed within the Oikocredit cooperative. We recently spoke with Ylse about her time with Oikocredit and what the mission means to her. full story

Oikocredit invests $5M in SA TAXI, South Africa

barbara-marcussen.jpg17 April | 2015 Worldwide cooperative and social investor, Oikocredit, has invested US$ 5 million in a six-year multi-currency syndicated loan facility totalling US$ 36 million with SA Taxi, a 98% owned subsidiary of Transaction Capital. The loan was arranged by Netherlands Development Finance Company, FMO, which invested US$ 10 million, in syndication with Cordiant (US$ 15 million), and Symbiotics (US$ 6 million). full story

Albert Hofsink: 20 years of combining a social and professional approach

albert-hofshink-small.jpg08 April | 2015 In early 2015, Oikocredit’s risk, compliance & IT director, Albert Hofsink, announced he had decided to leave Oikocredit in pursuit of a healthy work-life balance. At the end of April 2015, he will say goodbye and start-up his own business. Albert has worked at Oikocredit for almost 20 years, originally joining as finance manager. During his long tenure with Oikocredit, Albert has contributed to Oikocredit’s financial stability, risk management as well as serving on several boards, including an Oikocredit microfinance partner, HKL in Cambodia and Oikocredit’s Indian subsidiary, Maanaveeya. We recently spoke with Albert about his time with Oikocredit and where he sees the organization heading. full story

Annual report: pioneering sustainable development

Cover annual report 201401 April | 2015 Oikocredit's annual report for 2014 provides an update on operations and performance, including further detail about Oikocredit’s strategic investments in inclusive finance, agriculture and renewable energy. full story

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
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