Mission and values

Oikocredit is guided by the principle of empowering people. Our experience proves that the most effective and sustainable means of assisting those in need is providing an opportunity to help themselves.

Our mission

Oikocredit challenges all to invest responsibly. It provides financial services and supports organisations to improve the quality of life of low-income people or communities in a sustainable way.

Our vision

A global, just society in which resources are shared sustainably and all people are empowered with the choices they need to create a life of dignity.

Our values


Oikocredit supports organisations that empower low-income people irrespective of their faith, culture, age or gender, by providing opportunities for economic growth for themselves or for their communities.


Oikocredit provides a vehicle for meaningful sharing. An uneven distribution of resources, wealth and power can create division.  When the global community is prepared to share what they have, respect each other and work together, justice and peace can prevail.


Around the world, people with a caring heart are committed to the pursuit of justice and peace. Oikocredit forms part of that worldwide coalition of solidarity and will always be inspired by its ecumenical roots.


Development is most effective when it stems from grassroots. In the cooperative culture of Oikocredit, people's initiatives and participation are central to all acts and policies.


Respect between people implies honesty and truthfulness. Oikocredit encourages  to listen with an open mind and heart and to be transparent in action and results.


A balanced ecosystem is the basis for life and as such, should be preserved. Oikocredit seeks a healthy balance in nature, in ourselves, and in our social and economic environment.