During the first study tour session, participants got to learn more about Oikocredit’s work in the southern region of South America – Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia – and more specifically, about Oikocredit’s operations and the socioeconomic situation in Bolivia.
Bolivia is a mining country. Agriculture is not widespread and 67% of the population lives in the urban areas. Agriculture represents 15% of the GDP and 87% of agricultural products are produced by small-holder farmers (less than 4 ha.), which traditionally lack access to finance.
Microfinance institutions (MFIs) represent 87% Oikocredit portfolio in Bolivia, with and agriculture only 6%. From 2010, Oikocredit Bolivia has carried out 23 capacity building initiatives for both microfinance and production partners. In terms of social performance management, Oikocredit Bolivia organizes different activities that range from assessments and reports to workshops and conferences. In March 2014, Oikocredit Bolivia organized a workshop on social performance management and risk management for financial institutions which was attended by 120 participants and 22 presenters from Bolivia and abroad.