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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.




  1. The divestment dilemma

    December 1, 2015 - by David Woods - 0 comments


    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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  2. Investors can help create global impact through responsible microfinance

    July 14, 2015 - by Eugene Ellmen - 0 comments


    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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  3. 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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  4. Social enterprise for development: a new tool for global poverty reduction

    July 8, 2014 - by Mariam Dao Gabala - 0 comments

    In her first blog for, Mariam spoke about the power of microfinance and impact investing. Here, she talks about how social enterprise is causing us to re-think the tools of development.


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  5. 2014 Oikocredit AGM Partner Tour – Cooperative Norandino Peru

    July 3, 2014 - by Penny Pattison - 0 comments

    Many of us are strongly drawn to fair trade, organic chocolate. But what do we know of the farmers who produce it?


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