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Queen Juliana, 1979 EDCS receives a royal boost with a start-up grant from Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. More


Vellore, India, 1978 EDCS disburses its first loans of USD 100,000 to Fondo Ecuatoriano Populorum Progresivo (FEPP) in Ecuador and USD 200,000 to Vellore Medical College and Hospital in India. More


Adrian Wijemanne, at the 1978 AGM EDCS (Oikocredit) becomes independent of the WCC and its first Managing Director, Adrian Wijemanne from Sri Lanka, is appointed. More


Oikocredit Netherlands, the first support association Individual church members in Europe start to show their belief in Oikocredit EDCS. More


Cyril Bennet, 1975 Oikocredit EDCS becomes a legally incorporated entity in the Netherlands, with Cyril Bennett as interim managing director. More


Lighting the candles, WCC 1968 At a meeting in West Germany, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Central Committee officially recommends the WCC to become a founding member of Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society (EDCS), today known as Oikocredit. More