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SPTF and CERISE take over Smart Campaign implementation resources

a1Vug3Su.jpeg05 agosto 2020 After a decade of successful work in advancing principles for client protection, the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) announced that the Smart Campaign would come to an end. The implementation... Leer más

How does Covid-19 impact on our investment operations? [video]

BvE interview.png04 agosto 2020 We interviewed Bart van Eyk, Oikocredit’s Director of Investments to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting our investment operations. Leer más

Launch of CEO Forum for Oikocredit Partners in Africa

Ging Ledesma28 julio 2020 CEOs with a dedication to continuous improvement, a passion for people and an appreciation of the extraordinary challenges of our time, came together online last week to launch Oikocredit’s forum for CEOs in Africa. The launch of this programme comes at a time when it is becoming evident that the situation brought on by Covid-19 is not something that will be resolved in a matter of a few months. Leer más

THE WATER MAN – part 2 of 2

Elikanah photo Part 2-2.jpg27 julio 2020 Written by Elikanah Ng'ang'a, Social Performance & Capacity Building Officer - Oikocredit Africa
The Water Man story tells of one man’s determination to bend the Covid-19 curve, and provides lessons for Oikocredit partners, staff and investors. In this second part of his blog, Elikanah shares examples of what our partners are doing to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on their end-clients. Leer más

Oikocredit invests USD 5 million in M-KOPA to support growth of solar energy in Africa

AG0_6654.jpg21 julio 2020 With this loan, M-KOPA is able to provide electricity and mobile connections to 10,000 households in Africa Leer más

Blog: Could microfinance help prevent a health crisis from becoming an even greater food crisis?

Hans Perk16 julio 2020 The United Nations (UN) recently published a report estimating that 130 million more people may face chronic hunger in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Leer más

Solidarity: the strength of our network

Thos Gieskes & Laura Pool.jpg01 julio 2020 In this interview we catch up with our Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, and our Director of Finance & Risk, Laura Pool, to reflect on the June annual general meeting (AGM). They talk about the decision to not pay a dividend for 2019, how Oikocredit supports its partners during the pandemic, and more. Leer más

Lessening the Covid-19 impact today makes a big difference for the future [Interview]

ADominguez (1).JPG30 junio 2020 There has been huge interest from Oikocredit’s members and investors to know more about Oikocredit’s coronavirus solidarity fund. Here we interview Andrea Domínguez, Oikocredit’s Global Capacity Building Specialist, and find out more about the fund and how it might develop. Leer más

THE WATER MAN – part 1 of 2

Elikanah.jpg18 junio 2020 Written by Elikanah Ng'ang'a, Social Performance & Capacity Building Officer - Oikocredit Africa
The Water Man story tells of one man’s determination to bend the Covid-19 curve, and provides lessons for Oikocredit partners, staff and investors. In this first part of his blog, Elikanah writes about how the Water Man inspired him and other Oikocredit staff in the Oikocredit office in Kenya. Leer más

Oikocredit exits its investment in Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate

Divine exit PR.jpg17 junio 2020 Social impact investor Oikocredit has supported Divine since 2006 as it expanded its footprint from the United Kingdom to the USA Leer más

Oikocredit holds annual general meeting, members decide on dividend

asset 2.jpg15 junio 2020 Last week the cooperative’s 44th annual general meeting (AGM) was held in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, with members and others participating through a web-based conferencing and electronic voting system. Leer más

MFIs Covid-19 awareness training

Comic09 junio 2020 Oikocredit is supporting its partners during the pandemic with several initiatives. Maanaveeya, Oikocredit’s subsidiary in India, worked with MicroSave Consulting who developed a pamphlet to promote awareness of Covid-19 for microfinance institutions (MFI) Leer más

Video tour of Oikocredit’s work in Ghana

Study tour 2020.png08 junio 2020 A short video is now available to provide you with insight on the work of Oikocredit in Ghana. At a time of social distancing and with few people traveling, it is useful to remind ourselves of how useful our investors find these tours. Leer más

With Renewable Energy: an Interview with David ten Kroode

David ten Kroode - Renewable Energy Manager - Oikocredit2.jpg28 mayo 2020 In mid-2014 Oikocredit welcomed renewable energy (RE) financing expert, David ten Kroode, to build up and manage what was then a new sector for Oikocredit: financing RE projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We spoke with David, now RE Manager at Oikocredit, about the developments of the past five years and what the future may bring. Leer más

Quarterly report: Withstanding the crisis

25 mayo 2020 Four times a year Oikocredit publishes key facts and figures on the previous quarter. Here we provide our investors and others with additional background context. Leer más

Learning from Leaders: a Cup of Coffee with Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe

Dr Godwin.jpg11 mayo 2020 Challenging situations like the coronavirus require new thinking on many levels. Learning from Leaders, a Cup of Coffee with... is a new series of online encounters launched by Oikocredit International. Leer más

The main thing is sustainability [interview]

CPFAM-BR-23.jpg08 mayo 2020 Aldo Risco Mejia is responsible for agriculture investments in northern South America at our Oikocredit office in Lima. We spoke with him about his practical experience of fair trade. Leer más

Oikocredit revised its dividend proposal for 2019 from 1% to 0%.

06 mayo 2020 Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has revised its dividend proposal for 2019 from 1% to 0%. Leer más

Oikocredit foundation creates coronavirus solidarity fund

Coronavirus solidarity fund item.jpg05 mayo 2020 With more government measures in place to combat the spread of Covid-19, many small business in Africa, Asia and Latin America are struggling to find the means to comply with regulations. To support these businesses, Oikocredit’s foundation has launched a coronavirus solidarity fund. Leer más

Change to Oikocredit’s Managing Board

laura-pool.jpg04 mayo 2020 Laura Pool, Director of Finance & Risk, has decided to leave Oikocredit for personal reasons to pursue a career change. She will continue in her position until the end of the year. Leer más

Oikocredit and other impact investors agree coronavirus coordination principles

MoU for Debt Refinancing coordination principles .png01 mayo 2020 Leading microfinance and impact fund managers have signed an MoU for debt refinancing coordination principles, to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. Leer más

Coffee, Cocoa, and the Coronavirus [Interview]

Hans Perk28 abril 2020 We spoke with Hans Perk, Regional Director Africa and Global Agricultural Sector Specialist, about what is working and what is not in the coffee and cocoa supply chains. How can we better make these supply chains work for the poor and vulnerable post Covid-19? Leer más

Impact investors jointly commit to supporting low-income communities in Covid-19 crisis

download.png14 abril 2020 Together with other members of the Dutch Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) Oikocredit signed the Covid-19 Investor Statement, which has been issued by impact investors in emerging markets. Leer más

Social impact in the pandemic: how Oikocredit is helping partners fight back [blog]

09 abril 2020 As the coronavirus crisis continues to spread across the globe, Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Director of Social Performance Innovation, is helping lead Oikocredit’s rapid response to the evolving needs of our partners, going beyond the financial support we offer them. Here Ging shares the steps Oikocredit has already taken to support our partners at this critical moment, and why innovation and community are crucial in these extremely challenging times. Leer más

Nomination for appointment to the Supervisory Board

joseph-patterson.jpg09 abril 2020 Joseph Patterson has been nominated as candidate for appointment to the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit International by the Supervisory Board, to be voted on at the General Meeting of members in June. Leer más

Protecting organisations against coronavirus scams – tips for partners

ilya-pavlov-OqtafYT5kTw-unsplash.jpg08 abril 2020 Criminals are seeking to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic, exploiting the pandemic to trick businesses via fake invoices, phishing emails and phone calls. Leer más

It's not just about growth [interview]

laura-pool.jpg06 abril 2020 Laura Pool, Director of Finance & Risk says: “It's not only about growth in the portfolio, but the quality.” In this interview she provides her insights into the financial results, reflects on Oikocredit’s development as an organisation, and talks about how these results and developments will help Oikocredit face the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Leer más

Indian Oikocredit subsidiary supports government relief fund for coronavirus

Photo (002).jpg06 abril 2020 Maanaveeya, Oikocredit’s subsidiary in India, has donated two million Indian Rupees (approximately € 24,000) to the Telangana Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on 31 March 2020 to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). Leer más

Protecting yourself against coronavirus scams – tips for investors

christopher-gower-m_HRfLhgABo-unsplash.jpg03 abril 2020 Criminals are seeking to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic, exploiting the pandemic to trick people into sharing personal or financial information via phishing emails and phone calls. Leer más

Oikocredit publishes its annual report for 2019

Cover Annual Report 2019 cover02 abril 2020 Today we published our annual report which informs investors and other stakeholders about our financial performance from the past year. Leer más

Message from the Managing Director: “Working together through uncertain times”

Thos-Gieskes-web.jpg26 marzo 2020 Thos Gieskes, Managing Director of Oikocredit, has the following message for Oikocredit’s stakeholders. Leer más

Oikocredit announces 2019 results and partner satisfaction [press release]

Jessy Chipindo, restaurant owner and client of Oikocredit partner Entrepreneurs Financial Centre (EFC) Zambia. 19 marzo 2020 Today Oikocredit announced its annual results for 2019. The results reveal an improved financial performance and steady growth in the cooperative’s development finance portfolio. Leer más

Oikocredit and the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)

Thos-Gieskes-web.jpg13 marzo 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic develops, there is increasing uncertainty about its consequences. We’re seeing lives and livelihoods affected across the world, in both economically rich and poor countries. Leer más

€ 1 million investment in ACE clean cooking

African Clean Energy.jpg12 marzo 2020 Oikocredit has made a € 1 million loan to African Clean Energy (ACE), a Certified B Corporation and social enterprise, to support the expansion of business operations in Uganda. Leer más

No development without risk [interview]

Evert Ludding.JPG10 marzo 2020 After being a shareholder for five years, Oikocredit recently exited from the Zambian aquaculture company Yalelo. We spoke to Albert Hofsink, non-executive member of Yalelo’s board of directors, and Evert Ludding, Oikocredit’s Equity Manager. Leer más

On the trail of cocoa

Paul Bukuroh Appiah19 febrero 2020 In west Ghana, Oikocredit’s recent study tour accompanies the cocoa farmer Paul Bukuroh Appiah to a place where chocolate has its origins. Corinna Groß, PR Officer at Oikocredit’s support association Baden-Württemberg in Germany, shares her journey with us. She brings the tour to life and sees first-hand how Oikocredit’s partner Fedco makes life a little better for the people in the small village of Pieso. Leer más

Fair is when all benefit

GREEN-KE-09.jpg04 febrero 2020 Once a year, Oikocredit brings together a partner and investors in its annual road show. This time around, it was the turn of Athanas Matheka, co-founder of Greenforest Foods Limited in Kenya. Leer más

Volunteers and staff meet our partners in Ghana

STUDY-GH-315.jpg27 enero 2020 A group of Oikocredit volunteers and staff have travelled from Europe and North America to Ghana for our 2020 study tour, taking place this week. Participants will visit financial inclusion partner organisations and end-clients, as well as a renewable energy partner. There will also be a visit to one of Oikocredit's cocoa partners. Leer más

Most read: our six biggest stories in 2019

Mimin-Among-Komida.jpg21 enero 2020 We look back at the partner stories and announcements that were most popular on our website last year. Leer más

Looking back on a year’s journey and forward to 2020

Thos Gieskes.jpg07 enero 2020 Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, looks back on Oikocredit’s journey in 2019 and forward to the new year 2020. Leer más

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Oikocredit Seasons Greetings 2019 Final1.jpg23 diciembre 2019 The Christmas holidays are drawing closer, and we can look back on an eventful year 2019. We want to thank you for your successful cooperation. Together we were able to push sustainable ... Leer más

Oikocredit exits Zambian fish farm Yalelo

20190321f_04b.jpg10 diciembre 2019 Oikocredit has exited its investment in the Zambian fish farm Yalelo Limited, after investing since 2014 and supporting its production growth from under 2,000 tonnes of tilapia fish in 2014 to 12,000 tonnes today. Yalelo is the largest sustainable aquaculture company in Africa. Leer más

Fraudulent app alert

Screenshot Google Play Store05 diciembre 2019 Oikocredit would like to alert its partners, investors and the general public of the following fraudulent app: OikoCredit Loans Leer más

Tea: good prospects from great heights

KARO-RW-68.jpg03 diciembre 2019 Private and public stakeholders in the Rwandan tea sector join forces to empower rural farmers – helped with finance from Oikocredit. That’s just my cup of tea. Leer más

Musoni: putting low-income clients first in the digital age

Musoni photo for November 2019 story.jpg19 noviembre 2019 The digital revolution is expanding the range and delivery of financial services to those traditionally overlooked by banks, with electronic money models and new digital payment platforms. We look at the work of Oikocredit partner Musoni Kenya Microfinance, a pioneer in the provision of digital financial services, and how its cooperation with Oikocredit in client protection principles helps it to serve low-income clients when digital services are provided. Leer más

Social performance: "Choosing a partner is just the beginning"

Ging.jpg08 noviembre 2019 The desire to achieve a positive social impact is the reason why people invest in Oikocredit. How does this goal become reality? We spoke to Oikocredit’s social performance team, Ging Ledesma, Kawien Ziedses des Plantes and Yolirruth Nuñez, about capacity building, trust, monitoring, the cooperative’s DNA and its successes. Leer más

Let’s give SMEs the recognition they deserve, in Mexico and all around the world

29 octubre 2019 Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are at the heart of job creation and retention, all around the world. Yet so many SMEs do not have access to the finance they need. We invite you to watch a short video from Oikocredit’s office in Mexico to see why Oikocredit supports SMEs. Leer más

Greenforest begins our European road show

GREEN-KE-09.jpg09 octubre 2019 Yesterday evening in Hamburg Oikocredit’s partner Greenforest, a leading Kenyan honey brand, began our annual road show, bringing our partner and investors together. Leer más

Oikocredit invests in Ugandan tea processor Kayonza

Kayonza - Tea plantlets at Kayonza Tea Factory - Credit Solidaridad & Joshua Rukundo.jpg01 octubre 2019 Solidaridad helped community enterprise Kayonza Growers Tea Factory secure a USD 3.15 million loan from Oikocredit, for the benefit of Kayonza's 7,500 smallholder farmers. Leer más

Oikocredit increases investment in Colombian fintech Sempli

Sempli co-founders Felipe Llano (L) & Esteban Velasco (R).jpg24 septiembre 2019 Oikocredit has teamed with Incofin to lead a round raising USD 8 million of investment in fintech partner Sempli, to help grow thousands more small businesses in Colombia. Leer más

Interview: Oikocredit’s latest Impact Report

Ging Ledesma-cropforuse.jpg17 septiembre 2019 We interviewed Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Director of Social Performance Innovation, to get behind some of the numbers from Oikocredit’s Impact Report 2019, and revisit fundamental questions about social impact. Leer más

Oikocredit launches Impact Report 2019

Oikocredit-Impact-Report-2019_EN-cover.jpg10 septiembre 2019 Oikocredit’s Impact Report is now live and ready for download. The new publication replaces the Social and Environmental Performance Report and showcases data from across Oikocredit’s activities. Leer más

Boosting efforts across focus sectors and strengthening partners

Thos2.jpg31 julio 2019 As we head into the second half of the year, Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, brings us up to date on the cooperative’s latest developments. He explains how we are boosting efforts in our focus sectors and going beyond finance to broaden the ways in which we support our partners, aiming to strengthen their businesses and their networks.

The interview also highlights this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) held in June and offers some insight into our upcoming Impact Report to be published in September. Leer más

Interview: Providing affordable housing loans for low and middle-income families in Cambodia

AGM-2019-03.jpg24 julio 2019 Sothany Chun is the CEO of Oikocredit partner First Finance plc, a financial institution which provides housing and home-improvement loans to people on low and middle-incomes in Cambodia. Oikocredit’s Support Association in the Netherlands recently met with her to discuss her background, work and how First Finance is helping to improve lives by increasing access to home ownership. Leer más

Jessy’s Story: A Taste of Success in Zambia

EFC-ZM-20.jpg10 julio 2019 “I am passionate about cooking and I taught myself how to cook. I also teach my staff. I buy local products and have a farmer who grows certain ingredients especially for me,” says Jessy Chipindo, restaurant owner and client of Oikocredit partner Entrepreneurs Financial Centre Zambia. Leer más

Oikocredit annual general meeting votes on dividend and supervisory board  

AGM-2019-cropped.jpg21 junio 2019 From 17 to 20 June 2019 delegates from Oikocredit member organisations and Oikocredit staff gathered in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, for the annual general meeting (AGM) week. Leer más

Bridging the Gender Gap…. At Home

Irene Valdez.jpg13 junio 2019 Not so long ago, Ka Oting Villanueva, like many men in the central Philippines province of Negros Occidental, regarded a husband’s role as simply that of a provider. “He never used to help me with any of the household chores,” says his wife. “In fact, I don’t think it ever crossed his mind!” Leer más

How do coffee cooperatives support smallholder coffee farmers in Peru?

APROC-PE-45.jpg29 mayo 2019 Two billion cups of coffee served every day. 200 billion US dollars in sales every year. So why are some farmers happy when none of their children wish to follow them into the coffee-growing business? Leer más

Equity investment to foster sustainable coffee trading

file1-5.jpeg22 mayo 2019 Oikocredit has announced a US$ 4.7 million investment in Caravela Coffee, a Latin American responsible specialty coffee trader. Leer más

Oikocredit expands its fintech portfolio in Mexico

3. Karina Perez Borja 2, Colaborador Kubo.JPG02 mayo 2019 Oikocredit has invested in Mexican fintech Ku-Bo Financiero to boost access to affordable finance for individuals across Mexico. Leer más

Oikocredit and MOCA join forces to strengthen cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire

Oikocredit and CNFA MOCA sign MoU.JPG16 abril 2019 Oikocredit and the Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA) project have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the sustainable development of smallholder cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire. Leer más

It’s more than just finance [interview]

Laura Pool, director of risk at Oikocredit.jpg10 abril 2019 Oikocredit just published its financial results for 2018. For a deeper look at the results and insights on how the cooperative is working towards improving its future results, we interviewed Oikocredit’s Director of Finance & Risk, Laura Pool. In the interview Laura also explains why providing expertise and using the right financial instruments can make all the difference. Leer más

Oikocredit publishes its annual report for 2018 along with key financial highlights

Annual report 2018 cover.jpg27 marzo 2019 Today Oikocredit announced its annual results for 2018. The press release explains how despite changes at the organisation and the prevailing low interest rate environment, Oikocredit has managed to grow its development financing portfolio. Leer más

Technology is part of the solution

Vincent1.JPG25 marzo 2019 Financial technologies – “fintech” for short – are revolutionising the financial industry worldwide. How can technological developments further financial inclusion? What impact is fintech having on Oikocredit and its partners?

Oikocredit’s West Germany Support Association spoke to Oikocredit’s Business Development Specialist in Amersfoort, Vincent van Dugteren, to find out. Leer más

Oikocredit invests in affordable housing finance provider Sitara in India

sitara.PNG21 marzo 2019 Oikocredit has made an equity investment of INR 670 million in affordable housing finance company Sitara together with Omidyar Network india, HDFC Life Insurance, HDFC Holdings Ltd. and Women’s World Banking to foster inclusion and equality in the Indian home loans sector. Leer más

Empowering women in Indonesia through financial inclusion

KOM-ID-20.jpg28 febrero 2019 Mimin Among wears a broad smile when talking about how she earns a living making krupuk (Indonesian deep-fried prawn crackers): “We started a small business in 2004 after years of working for other people. We joined the Komida cooperative in 2009 and used our first loan to buy woks which we still use now. The business is doing well and we employ 10 neighbours to help us keep up with demand.” Leer más

Patrick Stutvoet becomes Oikocredit’s new Director of IT and Operations

Patrick Stutvoet.jpg27 febrero 2019 Oikocredit is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Stutvoet as Director of IT and Operations, and newest member of the cooperative’s Managing Board, effective 1 March 2019. Leer más

Oikocredit invests in Laudex to encourage social inclusion in Mexico’s education sector

laudex sq.PNG18 febrero 2019 Oikocredit has closed an investment of USD 3.3 million in Laudex, a financial inclusion institution providing loans to students for higher education in Mexico. Leer más

With my chickens, I feel free

Blog 1.jpg30 enero 2019 Last month, a group of Oikocredit investors, volunteers and staff spent a week in Peru for the 2018 study tour. One of the partners they visited was financial inclusion organisation ProEmpresa and its end-clients in Lima’s suburbs. Marion Wedegärtner from Oikocredit’s West German Support Association shared her impressions of the trip. Leer más

Reflecting on 2018 and looking forward

Thos Gieskes.jpg29 enero 2019 Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, reflects on 2018 and shares what is ahead for the cooperative. Leer más

Strengthening market access for small-scale farmers in India

YCOOK-IN-17.jpg17 enero 2019 “Before we worked with Y-Cook we didn’t grow sweet corn, but only flowers and millet. With corn we have fixed prices, which are much better,” says Krishna Muthy, a farmer from the village of Kanekal in India’s Andhra Pradesh state. As a farmer supplier to Oikocredit’s Indian partner Y-Cook, he has seen his corn crop prices and yields improve significantly, providing him with a stable income and a better quality of life for his whole family. Leer más

Oikocredit invests in SolarNow to help bring solar energy to 17,500 customers in Uganda

SolarNow.jpg08 enero 2019 Oikocredit has closed its largest investment yet in off-grid solar company SolarNow, together with SunFunder and responsAbility. Leer más

Building Disaster Resiliency: A Guidebook

Guidebook Front Cover Portrait.png12 diciembre 2018 Disaster resiliency is an important component in Oikocredit’s capacity building work with partners in areas prone to natural disasters. After successfully piloting a disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) programme in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, it has now been extended to partners in other countries like Ecuador. Leer más

Oikocredit’s updated Vision & Strategy published

Strategyobjectives.png03 diciembre 2018 Oikocredit has published its updated Vision & Strategy. The brochure sets out Oikocredit’s strategic direction for the coming years, including the cooperative’s strategic ambitions and the ... Leer más

Call for Oikocredit Supervisory Board applications

SB application.PNG29 noviembre 2018 Oikocredit is seeking skilled and experienced individuals to stand for election to its Supervisory Board during the next Annual General Meeting in June 2019. Leer más

A new operating model for Oikocredit [interview]

Bart logo image.PNG27 noviembre 2018 Earlier this year, Oikocredit introduced its updated strategy. Bart van Eyk, Oikocredit’s Director of Investments, shares the latest details of our updated strategy and explains how changes to our regional setup will help us to better serve our partners with the aim of creating an even stronger social impact. Leer más

Investors and volunteers visit Oikocredit partners in Peru

CENFR-PE-30.jpg26 noviembre 2018 A group of Oikocredit investors, volunteers and staff will soon be heading to Peru for this year’s study tour, which takes place from 2 to 8 December. Participants will visit a financial inclusion organisation and its end-clients in Lima. In Jaén and San Ignacio, they will visit a fair-trade coffee cooperative and its farmer members. Leer más

Turning organic waste into energy: how Oikocredit offsets its carbon footprint

FCF Image 1_Cooking on biogas.jpg20 noviembre 2018 Offsetting carbon is an important way for Oikocredit to contribute to climate change mitigation and protection of the environment. For almost a year now, Oikocredit has been working with FairClimateFund to offset its carbon footprint. Leer más

Preserving the future of cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire

ECOO-CI-18.jpg13 noviembre 2018 Nearly half of the world’s chocolate supply is grown in Côte d’Ivoire1, where more than a million smallholder farmers depend on cocoa production for their livelihoods. Cocoa is also vital to the ... Leer más

Wool with a name

Manos 2 of 2.jpg05 noviembre 2018 John Lennon wore Manos del Uruguay, and among its current fans are a number of celebrities and even royalty. All Manos products are signed by the woman who dyed the wool, and each product is handcrafted and therefore unique. Leer más

Oikocredit invests in FinTech Sempli to support sustainable growth of SMEs in Colombia

Esteban-Felipe1_8.jpg31 octubre 2018 Together with the Inter-American Development Bank (BID LAB), Oikocredit has closed an investment of USD 5.7 million in the Colombian FinTech Sempli. Leer más

Oikocredit invests in Kenyan fertiliser plant to raise farmers’ yields and incomes

News item Fertiplant photo.jpg23 octubre 2018 Oikocredit has made an equity investment in Sub Saharan Africa’s first fertiliser granulation and manufacturing plant Fertiplant East Africa. Oikocredit joins the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in funding construction of the plant, which will benefit farmers’ incomes and enhance food security in the region. Leer más

Financial results for social impact [interview]

Irene van Oostwaard.jpg17 octubre 2018 As Oikocredit implements its updated strategy, the cooperative continues to work with its members and investors to share the latest developments and progress being made. The worldwide cooperative’s West Germany Support Association recently sat down with Irene van Oostwaard, Director of Finance at Oikocredit, to learn more about current financial topics, as well as Irene's own insights and passion for the organisation. Leer más

Making a difference in Mexico: the value of investing in SMEs

Image 2 CON-MX-03.jpg10 octubre 2018 Financial inclusion is Oikocredit’s largest priority sector. Through Oikocredit’s updated strategy the cooperative aims to deepen its engagement with its microfinance partners while also seeking partners beyond traditional financial institutions. Oikocredit is increasingly aiming to make an impact for the ‘missing middle’ by targeting finance to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) – like it is doing in Mexico. Leer más

Fintech and social impact investing in India [interview]

Arun Nayyar.jpg02 octubre 2018 As part of its updated strategy, Oikocredit continues to seek partnerships beyond traditional financial institutions. Partnering with fintech companies that target underserved communities with innovative financial technologies is one way the cooperative is doing this. To learn more about the role of fintech in social impact investing, and more specifically in India, we spoke with Arun Nayyar, the CEO of Oikocredit partner NeoGrowth. Leer más

Oikocredit’s equity investment supports India’s agriculture value chain

Origo 1.jpeg01 octubre 2018 Oikocredit has made an equity investment in Origo Commodities, a company which provides post-harvest agriculture supply chain financing and logistics solutions across 12 Indian states to over 3,500 clients, including more than 1,400 farmers. Leer más

Oikocredit signs Fair Trade Charter to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals

RAh__k9A.png25 septiembre 2018 Today, Oikocredit joined more than 250 organisations around the world in launching an International Fair Trade Charter which sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Leer más

Oikocredit invests in Brazilian FinTech Avante to support one million micro-entrepreneurs by 2021

Avante photo.png06 septiembre 2018 Oikocredit welcomes Avante, a Brazilian FinTech that empowers micro-entrepreneurs through financial technology, to its growing FinTech portfolio. Leer más

Oikocredit’s first off-grid solar project in Latin America to support 250,000 people

Kingo27 (1).jpg05 septiembre 2018 Together with Dutch development bank FMO, Oikocredit invested in Kingo, an off-grid energy supplier, to help them expand to rural areas in Guatemala. Leer más

Equity investment to improve lives in El Salvador

ENL-SV-17.jpg29 agosto 2018 “Quitting my job at the factory was a good decision. We make a profit of US$ 300 a week…when I worked in the factory I earned US$ 60 a week.” Leer más

Rising to the coffee challenge: high yields, high quality and environmental sustainability

Wilson Olivera, President of Cenfrocafe (left), and Ronny García, Cenfrocafe CEO (right).22 agosto 2018 “It’s not easy to grow in a sustainable way”, says Wilson Olivera, President of Peruvian coffee cooperative Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (Cenfrocafe). Leer más

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance releases ‘State of the Sector’ report

CSAF2018-cover.jpg08 agosto 2018 Oikocredit is a member of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), which just published its annual ‘State of the Sector’ report. Leer más

Oikocredit article on home solar and microfinance published on NextBillion

REblog.JPG26 julio 2018 NextBillion published Oikocredit’s Renewable Energy Investment Officer, Mark Roesink’s article ‘Home Solar+Microfinance: Mitigating Risks and Maximising Rewards.’ Leer más

Going above and beyond: Oikocredit’s Social and Environmental Performance Report [Interview]

Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Investor Relations and Social Performance Director17 julio 2018 Oikocredit just published its latest Social and Environmental Performance Report (SEPR) showing that the worldwide cooperative surpasses the sector average for outreach to female clients. To learn more about this and other highlights in the report, and to gain a better understanding of why Oikocredit reports on its social and environmental performance, we spoke with Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Investor Relations and Social Performance Director. Leer más

Oikocredit surpasses sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients

cover-sepr-report-2017-uk.png12 julio 2018 Today Oikocredit published its latest Social and Environmental Performance Report (SEPR) which shows that nearly 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations Oikocredit invests in are women, compared to the sector average of 70%. Leer más

Oikocredit annual general meeting takes place in India

electronic voting AGM 201822 junio 2018 Last week, Oikocredit’s annual general meeting took place in Chennai, India. Leer más

Oikocredit signs new guidelines on responsible digital financial inclusion

Bart-van-Eyk-web.jpg20 junio 2018 Oikocredit joined over 50 fintech investors and innovators to develop guidelines aimed at spreading the benefits of the digital financial services revolution more widely. Leer más

Join us in cities across Europe for a taste of Fapecafes fair trade coffee

FAPE-EC-30.jpg11 junio 2018 Oikocredit’s annual European road show kicks off 18 June in Berlin and will travel to various cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. Leer más

Getting together for sustainable coffee in June

COOT-CR-78.jpg06 junio 2018 Anyone for sustainably sourced coffee? You can get a taste of Oikocredit’s collaborative efforts in the sustainable coffee sector by following our coffee-themed updates which we will share with you throughout June. Leer más

Thos Gieskes: why we’ve updated our strategy and how we’re aiming for more impact [interview]

Thos Gieskes.jpg24 mayo 2018 Last month we announced our financial results and introduced Oikocredit’s updated strategy. Our Managing Director Thos Gieskes shares more details on what’s different about the new approach, why focus is so important, and how social impact remains at Oikocredit’s heart. Leer más

A cool head and a warm heart: how to produce organic and fair trade honey [partner story]

MIEL-MX-23.jpg11 mayo 2018 There's lots that we can learn from bees: alternative ways of working, serving the community and sharing. We talked to Luis Enrique Castañón Chavarría, Managing Director of Oikocredit’s fair trade and organic partner Miel Mexicana, about how bees cooperate, the beekeeping industry and its international customers. Leer más

Oikocredit invests € 1 million in renewable energy company Inyenyeri

Inyenyeri photo 3.jpg02 mayo 2018 Today Oikocredit and Inyenyeri announced the € 1 million loan investment at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Lisbon, Portugal. Leer más

E-Hands: solar energy for India’s unbanked  

Solar for rural bank - Bamraha,  Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.jpg26 abril 2018 In India, some 270 million people, a fifth of the population, lack access to electricity1. Some 90% of the country’s off-grid communities are based in remote, rural areas, with many households ... Leer más

Oikocredit Annual Report and press release highlighting 2017

ar18-v1.jpg11 abril 2018 Today Oikocredit published its annual report and press release for its 2017 financial results. Leer más

Enhancing coffee cooperatives’ price risk management

IMG_8949.jpg29 marzo 2018 From 21 February to 1 March, Oikocredit held two workshops in the Peruvian city of Jaén on price risk management (PRM) for coffee cooperatives in Peru and Colombia. Leer más

“Oikocredit is a frontrunner”: getting to know our director of risk

Laura Pool, director of risk at Oikocredit.jpg28 febrero 2018 In December 2017, Oikocredit welcomed Laura Pool as our new director of risk and member of our managing board. We spoke to Laura about risk management, her passions and why she chose Oikocredit. Leer más

India summit: Putting people before profit by transforming the financial sector

ESA-IN-17.jpg22 febrero 2018 Oikocredit and Maanaveeya, an Indian subsidiary of Oikocredit, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) are to co-host a summit on 23 February 2018 in Hyderabad, India to highlight the opportunities for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to become small finance banks (SFBs) whilst remaining true to their social mission. The event brings together representatives from 15 financial institutions/stakeholders across India. Leer más

Coffee for generations: Colombian coffee farmers’ perseverance and environmental care

RED-CO-51.jpg19 febrero 2018 Oikocredit partner organisation Red Ecolsierra has enabled coffee farmers in Colombia to receive fair prices and increase the quality and quantity of production despite the violence and unrest that filled the region for decades. Leer más

Local presence is our strong point

Maria photo.jpg08 febrero 2018 Maria Koramoa heads Oikocredit's country office in Accra, Ghana's capital, and is the deputy head of Oikocredit West Africa. As a financial expert, Maria has studied economics, sociology and education in Birmingham and the Cape Coast. She is specialised in microfinance and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. During a Skype call, Maria shared some insights into her work. Leer más

Oikocredit and African Guarantee Fund sign new agreement to finance SMEs

AGF and Oikocredit 529 enero 2018 On 25 January, Oikocredit signed a new agreement with African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to boost financing to microfinance institutions and agricultural and renewable energy SMEs in Africa. The signing... Leer más

A sweet deal in southern Colombia

CONT-CO-47.jpg24 enero 2018 When it comes to committing to a business, there’s no doubting sugar cane farmer Pedro Bastidas. When asked about the development of his enterprise, he casually states: “In 2005, I exchanged my house for a sugar factory.” Leer más

Video: Support for women coffee growers in Brazil

CPFAM-BR-09.jpg12 enero 2018 Oikocredit partner Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região (Coopfam) is a Brazilian coffee cooperative which is helping to empower women by supporting the production of a ... Leer más

‘Banking on women’: empowering Kenyan women through microfinance

KWFT-Grace.jpg28 noviembre 2017 “In Africa, there is nothing as important as empowering a woman. When you empower a woman, it’s as if you are empowering the whole country. KWFT is empowering me with education, with knowledge and with money.” Leer más

How women coffee farmers in Brazil are building economic independence

Dayany de Assis dos Santos Ferreira.jpg17 noviembre 2017 The Coopfam (Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região) coffee cooperative is empowering women to produce a speciality organic coffee and improve their livelihoods Leer más

Microfinance in action: Kick-starting a table football business

BancoPymedelaComunidad.jpg07 noviembre 2017 Oikocredit’s longstanding partnership with Banco Pyme de la Comunidad is enabling micro-entrepreneurs in Bolivia to build flourishing, sustainable businesses Leer más

Oikocredit’s new forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue

Ueli Burkhalter 20162.jpg30 octubre 2017 Pastor Ueli Burkhalter is the seventh member of Oikocredit’s recently formed members' council (MC). The MC is a consultation and advisory body elected by Oikocredit’s member organisations to ... Leer más

“Together, we are a movement.’’ Thos Gieskes’ first months at Oikocredit [interview]

Thos Gieskes.jpg19 octubre 2017 We caught up with Oikocredit’s managing director, Thos Gieskes, to hear about his first months at the global cooperative. In the interview, he talks about some of Oikocredit’s strengths and challenges along with insights from his journey in getting to know the ins and outs of the organisation. Leer más

Supporting organic coffee growers in southern Ecuador

FAPECAFES.jpg26 septiembre 2017 “Being organic is not just about paper certification - it’s a state of mind. It’s close to our hearts; farmers are choosing not to use fertilisers which damage everything,” says Miguel Mosquera as he walks alongside his coffee plants. Leer más

Indulge in a FAPECAFES fair trade coffee at our events across Europe

Jose.jpg21 septiembre 2017 Located in the mountains of southern Ecuador, Oikocredit partner FAPECAFES is an organisation of six cooperatives seeking to improve the conditions of its farmer members by commercialising fair trade and organic coffee. Leer más

How fair trade is helping smallholder coffee farmers succeed

Photo courtesy of Barista Magazine.jpg15 septiembre 2017 Fair Trade USA is the leading fair trade certifying body in North America, operating globally alongside the European-based Fairtrade International. Colleen Anunu, Fair Trade USA’s Senior Manager of Supply Chain, reflects on some of fair trade’s achievements and challenges, with a focus on the coffee sector. She also explains how Fair Trade USA and Oikocredit are teaming up to reduce price risks for coffee farmers. Leer más

Laura Pool appointed as chief risk officer

13 septiembre 2017 Laura Pool will become Oikocredit’s chief risk officer on 18 December, heading the risk department and joining the managing board. Leer más

Oikocredit Argentina awards innovation in microfinance

Argentina Award Paola photo.jpg31 agosto 2017 Oikocredit is pleased to announce that Paola González from Programa Alumbra - Fundación Banco Macro is the winner of the Oikocredit Argentina Innovative Loan Officer award. The award was presented at the 11th annual summit on microfinance: The role of microfinance in financial inclusion held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 29 August. Leer más

Cooperatives supporting fruit farmers in northern Patagonia

PAI-newsitem-2.jpg10 agosto 2017 Herminio Antonio Urrutia is 61 years old and has been a member of the fruit-growers’ cooperative Primera Cooperativa Frutícola in Argentina’s northern Patagonia for over 20 years, or as he puts it: “Ever since I started my own business!” Leer más