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  1. Oikocredit partner Ezoxs in Bulgaria (2): Organic milk and biogas

    October 14, 2016 - by Helmut Berg - 0 comments

    Last week I visited Oikocredit partner Ezoxs with four journalists. We not only got an impression of what the founders of the agricultural business had achieved (see part 1), but also the key role that Ezoxs plays in the community.

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  2. Oikocredit partner Ezoxs in Bulgaria (1): “Mission accomplished”

    October 14, 2016 - by Helmut Berg - 0 comments

    Ezoxs founders Ogniyan Ogniyanov and Dobromir Dobrev with Oikocredit country manager Lachezar Stoyanov

    Oikocredit’s support for the Ezoxs organic milk farm in Slavyanovo near Popovo in north-western Bulgaria has helped transform it from an agricultural business rejected by banks into a successful company. Local banks now come knocking at Ezoxs’ door, whereas just a couple of years ago they refused to even extend loans.

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  3. Celebrating International Coffee Day by reducing price risks for coffee farmers

    October 1, 2016 - by Frank Rubio - 2 comments

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    On 1 October, people across the globe will join together at various events to celebrate the 2nd annual International Coffee Day where they can indulge in delectable roasts from all regions.

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  4. Coffee: Is there an elephant in the room?

    July 1, 2016 - by Frank Rubio - 0 comments

    Frank Rubio

    My colleagues and I have just returned from the annual World of Coffee event in Dublin organized by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE). The event hosted over 10,000 participants from all across the coffee value chain including traders, wholesalers, coffee machinery vendors, producers, government representatives, and others. Interestingly enough, Oikocredit was the only social lender present at this event.

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  5. Financial Co-op with Girl Power

    May 23, 2016 - by Study Tour 2016 - 0 comments

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    Travelling in the Ecuadorian Andes. It is seven o’clock in the morning, and a heavy fog still covers the mountains. We are in a minibus on the way from Riobamba to San José de Chimbo, where we will be visiting the Cooperativa San José.

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  6. Searching for Coffee and Coyotes

    May 15, 2016 - by Study Tour 2016 - 0 comments

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    Looking out the window of Our Princess (the name scrawled across the windscreen of our bus), I have a strange feeling. At these incredible heights, the mountains’ colours are drenched in bright light, and the space between earth and sky begins to dissolve into a sea of clouds. Extremely picturesque, but hardly the right environment for coyotes, one would assume.

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  7. Edgar gives dreams a home

    May 14, 2016 - by Study Tour 2016 - 0 comments

    Edgars Werkstatt

    After visiting the cocoa farmers, we made our way to our next stop. For six hours, late into the night, we drove into the Andes - climbing more than 3,000 meters and crossing several mountain passes.

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  8. A sweet aftertaste

    May 13, 2016 - by Study Tour 2016 - 0 comments

    Victor und seine Frau Bienvenida Perfecta

    The sun is directly above us as ‘‘Rain’ shoves an inquisitive nose in our direction. Rain is one of seven dogs that roam on Victor‘s small farm of 10 hectares between a forest of cocoa trees. As a member of a cooperative that sells its cocoa beans to UNOCACE, an organization supported by Oikocredit, Victor helps Germans satisfy their insatiable craving for chocolate.

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  9. Turning old into new: a visit to mechanic Eduardo

    May 11, 2016 - by Study Tour 2016 - 0 comments

    Eduardo mit Familie

    Our first visit of this year’s study tour took us to Eduardo, a mechanic living on the edge of the city of Guayaquil in the south of Ecuador. It is warm and a whiff of MOT lies in the air as Eduardo extends his oil-covered hand with a laugh. 

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  10. The divestment dilemma

    November 30, 2015 - by David Woods - 2 comments

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    Last year Oikocredit signed the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change as part of the UN’s climate summit in New York. This was just a small step to show that we’re serious about acting on climate change. Now, one year on, the UN’s climate conference, COP21, begins in Paris today. Since signing the statement, we’ve been doing more as an organization to combat the effects of climate change (although we must acknowledge that on a global scale Oikocredit’s influence is limited) and have been following what others are doing around the world as well.

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