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Why Support Associations?

Oikocredit Canada’s Support Associations are groups of volunteers whose members are engaged in promoting Oikocredit’s mission. Volunteer associations are part of a long-standing tradition in Oikocredit’s work. In addition to being active volunteers for Oikocredit, Support Associations are members of the Oikocredit International co-operative.

Oikocredit has two Support Associations in Canada – Oikocredit Canada and Oikocredit Canada Atlantic. Click on the regions to learn more about how you can get involved in your local Support Association.

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  1. Innovative investment needed to eradicate energy poverty

    March 2, 2017 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

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    The goal to eradicate poverty in the developing world will take more than just money. It will also take energy to cook food, heat and light homes and power computers and cellphones.

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  2. The high price tag behind the SDGs and why investors need to get behind them

    May 13, 2016 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

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    Up to £4.8 trillion will be needed every year to achieve the sustainable development goals on infrastructure, clean energy, water, sanitation and agriculture. Governments alone won’t be able to handle this.

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  3. Investors can help create global impact through responsible microfinance

    July 14, 2015 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

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    The dream of Mohammed Yunus to use microfinance to relegate poverty to museums has taken a beating in recent years. The tremendous growth of the microfinance industry has prompted some aggressive and unethical players to prey on the poor with high interest rates, multiple loans and coercive collections.

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  4. Investing in solidarity, not discord

    February 23, 2015 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

    A new investment offered by Mennonite Savings and Credit Union and Oikocredit enables individual investors in Ontario to contribute to the vexing problem of global poverty.

    ‎If this catches on - at Mennonite Savings and other credit unions across Canada - it could tap into some deep-seated yearnings for global solidarity at a time when so many people feel that the world is becoming more and more divided.

    On Feb. 2, Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) and Oikocredit Canada introduced the Oikocredit Global Impact GIC. Offered by MSCU, the GIC is a guaranteed, RSP-eligible investment certificate. It has a term of 12 months, and an initial interest rate of 1.3%, slightly below market for one year certificates.

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  5. Building a better banana for the world

    June 18, 2014 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments

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    In the last few years, organic bananas have been popping up in Canadian grocery stores. No longer segregated to natural food outlets, organic bananas are now featured regularly in the nation’s mainstream food chains.

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