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  1. Investment in small farmers key to feeding the world and reducing poverty

    November 13, 2017 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

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    According to UN estimates, the world population is expected to grow from about seven billion currently to more than nine billion by 2050. This means that farmers around the world are going to have to produce a lot more food, while limiting their impact on land, water and the global climate.

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  2. Pay-as-you-go solar is lighting up the lives of Ghana’s micro-entrepreneurs

    September 4, 2017 - by Kawien Ziedses des Plantes - 0 comments

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    Demand for electricity in Ghana is ever-growing but the grid can be unreliable. Renewable energy providers such as PEG are helping fill the gaps.

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  3. A successful due diligence in Sucre

    August 22, 2017 - by Annabelle Coulombier - 0 comments

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    I arrived in La Paz, Bolivia, at the beginning of April to start my two month work exchange with our Bolivian and Uruguayan office. Not only is the La Paz breath-taking because of the beautiful surrounding mountains, but also because it is the highest capital in the world. 

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  4. We’ve arrived in cocoa farming land: Ghana

    July 6, 2017 - by Ulrike Haug - 0 comments

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    Each year in June, around 100 Oikocredit members and staff gather for the annual general meeting (AGM) in a different country. This year, the AGM is taking place in Ghana’s capital, Accra. After a week of meetings, everyone is looking forward to the partner visits – a chance to see first-hand what Oikocredit’s work in Ghana looks like.

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  5. Creating opportunities: A visit to one of Oikocredit's fair trade partners

    May 12, 2017 - by Pauline Opmeer - 1 comment

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    “No, I don’t have any dreams − I live life day by day,” says Valeria when I ask her about her dreams for the future. Her answer comes as a surprise because she has just told me that she is studying to be a physics teacher. It turns out that she has dreamed of being a teacher for so long that it has become part of who she is, rather than some distant future ambition.

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  6. Don’t get roasted – managing coffee risk

    May 4, 2017 - by Frank Rubio - 0 comments

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    A group of Oikocredit’s Agriculture staff have just returned from the annual Global Specialty Coffee Expo hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) in Seattle, Washington. This year over 11,000 industry players participated in this important event. 

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  7. Filipino businesswomen: From sari-sari store to multi-family business

    March 8, 2017 - by Blanca Méndez - 0 comments

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    As International Women’s Day draws closer, my thoughts turn to  the women I met on my recent trip to the Philippines. Strong. Confident. Empowered. Business women who started from scratch, but never gave up in spite of the real challenges and limitations they faced. The women I met had received a loan from Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation Inc. (NWTF) to set up a business.

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  8. How PEG is lighting up lives in Ghana

    March 3, 2017 - by Laura de Bresser - 0 comments

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    At the end of January 2017 I paid a visit to our recent partner PEG Africa at their Ghana office. PEG Africa provides solar home systems to low income people in rural areas with the objective to electrify 500,000 households in West Africa by 2020. The benefits to households of using the solar home systems include saving on money spent on kerosene and batteries, health benefits in the form of clean energy, and having access to a more reliable source of energy with knock-on benefits for education and safety.

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  9. ‘Impact investing’ for sustainable growth

    February 15, 2017 - by Gaël Marteau - 0 comments

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    When visiting two of Oikocredit’s microfinance partners in Luzon, Philippines, you soon get to see for yourself that microfinance is not only about money.

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  10. Rain and smallholder farmers: A gift to some, a curse to others

    January 26, 2017 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    The Philippines is the world’s third highest risk area for natural disasters. Frequent typhoons and cyclones bring excessive rain and wind, threatening the livelihoods of around 60% of the poorest groups who tend to live in rural communities and must also contend with rising sea levels, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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