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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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Oikocredit appoints new managing director

Thos Gieskes V2.jpgFebruary 07 | 2017 Thos Gieskes will be welcomed as managing director of Oikocredit on 3 April 2017. full story

Video featuring solar power solutions in India

2227-pepl-in-1500pxs-01.jpgFebruary 02 | 2017 Punam Energy Private Limited (PEPL), based in Kolkata, is the commercial offshoot of the NGO SwitchON. All of its products are marketed under the brand name ONergy. The NGO has been instrumental ... full story

Oikocredit in Africa: Decisions are a matter of good relationships

PicJudyYvesOnly.jpgJanuary 31 | 2017 As the crow flies, it is 4,599 kilometres between the offices of Judy Ngarachu in Nairobi, Kenya, and Yves Komaclo in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The two regional directors represent Oikocredit on the east-west axis of the continent, with five Oikocredit offices in West Africa and four in East Africa. We spoke with them about what unifies and differentiates their work in Oikocredit’s priority region. full story

Supporting smallholder farmers during Ukraine’s turbulent times

20160630_Svitlana_137.jpgJanuary 12 | 2017 Getting access to loans has been a challenge for smallholder farmers in Ukraine for several decades. Since the agrarian reforms following the country’s independence from Russia in 1991, mainstream investors have favoured large-scale agricultural production. full story

Investors and volunteers visit our partners in the Philippines

ASHI-PH-32.jpgJanuary 05 | 2017 Oikocredit’s annual study tour offers first-hand insight into our work full story

The rebuilding and refinancing of Ecuador’s devastated cocoa producers

FORTA-EC-02.jpgDecember 19 | 2016 Last April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador particularly affected communities living in the coastal area where the fair-trade cocoa growers’ associations Fortaleza del Valle and FONMSOEAM operate. full story

New Support Association to engage with members and educate Canadians

oiko-tree-planting-kenya-142015-newsletter2.jpgDecember 01 | 2016 An update letter on changes to Oikocredit's volunteer networks full story

Video featuring support for Rwanda's booming coffee sector

Rwanda coffee film.PNGDecember 01 | 2016 Rusizi Specialty Coffee (RSC) is a coffee export company based in the district of Rusizi, in south-west Rwanda. Rusizi Speciality Coffee works with 2,000 smallholder farmers and three coffee cooperatives to produce high-quality coffee. full story

Improving the lives of people in rural areas through peanut farming

GREEN-KE-07.jpgDecember 01 | 2016 Athanas Matheka, founder and CEO of Greenforest Foods Limited, a Kenyan company that produces honey and nuts, is using peanuts to improve the lives of families in Kenya’s rural areas and to reduce resource-centred conflict. Yes, Peanuts. full story

Oikocredit increases equity stake in Bolivian MFI

0297-bancofie-bo-1500px-02.jpgNovember 24 | 2016 Oikocredit has more than doubled its investment in Banco Fie, a leading microfinance bank with a strong commitment to financial inclusion in Bolivia. Banco Fie has been a partner of Oikocredit’s ... full story

Oikocredit, Triodos Investment Management and Fidosa invest in Guatemalan hydropower

Ixtal hydropower plant Guatemala 01November 23 | 2016 Social investor Oikocredit, impact investor Triodos Investment Management and Guatemalan bank Grupo Financiero de Occidente (Fidosa) have teamed up to provide financing worth USD 8.20 million for two run-of-the-river hydroelectric plants in the San Marcos department of Guatemala. full story

Oikocredit and USAID launch partnership to advance agriculture in West Africa

wages-togo-nv-pressrelease17November.jpgNovember 17 | 2016 Oikocredit today announced that it is teaming up with USAID to finance West Africa’s agricultural sector. Oikocredit will provide loans to small and medium-sized enterprises, cooperatives and associations in agricultural value chains, backed up by a USAID guarantee facility. full story

Oikocredit launches banking partnership with social bank ABS in Switzerland

ABS-OI-CH-photo.jpgNovember 16 | 2016 Oikocredit and the Alternative Bank Switzerland (ABS) have teamed up to launch a new savings product: the ‘Oikocredit Förderkonto’, a savings account to support people in developing countries. The... full story

Desert Land Blooms Again

SEKEM-EG-42.jpgNovember 03 | 2016 Forty years ago, the idea of bio-dynamic farming at the edge of the Egyptian desert within a socially responsible business model seemed an unlikely prospect. SEKEM, founded in 1977, has turned what was once a dream into reality. full story

Oikocredit supports expansion of home solar in West Africa

Using light for studiesNovember 03 | 2016 Oikocredit has made its first renewable energy investment in West Africa by providing financing to PEG Ghana, a supplier of solar home systems to low-income and rural communities. full story

Appointment of Managing Director

Appointment details MD.JPGOctober 31 | 2016 Oikocredit is looking for a Managing Director for its head office in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. full story

Oikocredit and The Deetken Group announce exempt market dealing agreement

Deetken Oikocredit release.jpgOctober 25 | 2016 Organizations aim to improve access to Oikocredit to accredited investors in Canada full story

Towards Sustainable Development

Marilou Pantua-JuanitoOctober 17 | 2016 Oikocredit and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Perspectives and challenges – taking the Philippines as an example /a series of talks by Marilou Pantua-Juanito from Quezon City (the Philippines). full story

Impact Investing and the Sustainable Goals

SDGs logo.jpgOctober 03 | 2016 Roundtable discussion Oct. 18 in Toronto hosted by Oikocredit to look at Sustainable Development Goals. Public invited. full story

Inspired by the power of people

Hann Verheijen (landscape)October 03 | 2016 On 1 October 2016 Hann Verheijen joined Oikocredit International as our new credit director. Hann is no stranger to our work, having been director of Oikocredit Nederland for the past four years. We asked Hann for his thoughts about the journey that has brought him to Oikocredit, his new role and what lies ahead. full story

Hann Verheijen appointed as credit director

Hann Verheijen (landscape)September 15 | 2016 On 1 October, Hann Verheijen will take up the role of credit director, and join Oikocredit’s managing board. full story

Video featuring support for small-scale enterprises in rural Bolivia

bolivia-video.jpgAugust 25 | 2016 Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Unidad Productiva (IDEPRO) is a Bolivian microfinance institution (MFI) that mixes conventional microfinance services with consultancy and advice to small and medium enterprises and selected production chains. IDEPRO’s clients mostly live in rural or semi-urban areas of Bolivia, and are active in trade, production, farming, and other small-scale enterprises. full story

Financial access and opportunity in Ecuador

Daquilema 1.jpgAugust 01 | 2016 In 1978 Oikocredit made its very first loan to a non-profit organization working with farmers in Ecuador. Since then, Oikocredit has grown its portfolio in Ecuador significantly, with loans and investments in the country currently standing at € 49 million to almost 30 partners. full story

Agricultural Alliance, CSAF, reaches two million smallholder farmers with nearly $600M in credit

Ambootia.jpgJuly 12 | 2016 After two years since the establishment of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), its members continue to grow their lending and reach to small farmers and their communities. CSAF... full story

CONCRECES: A sombrero business that supports its people

concreces.jpgJuly 08 | 2016 In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, almost half the population works in the primary sector, with limited access to banks or financial institutions. Many small entrepreneurs struggle to obtain finance for their businesses. This is where Oikocredit partner, Unión de Crédito Concreces SA de CV (known as CONCRECES) plays a valuable role. CONCRECES is a well-established credit union supporting micro and small enterprises in Oaxaca and, to a smaller extent, in other states. full story

Interview with Oikocredit's country manager for Mexico

Carlos Rius.jpgJuly 04 | 2016 Carlos Rius, Oikocredit’s country manager for Mexico, was interviewed about Oikocredit’s activities in Mexico and how working with credit unions has become a focal point for the country’s investment strategy. full story

Oikocredit invests US$ 4.4M in Costa Rican wind projects

Mark Roesink - full size (2).jpgJune 30 | 2016 Social investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has provided US$ 4.4 million in debt facilities for four 20MW-capacity wind projects in Costa Rica, marking the cooperative’s first investment in wind energy. full story

Oikocredit presents Coffee Excellence Awards

excellence.jpgJune 28 | 2016 On the evening of Friday 24 June, the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) held its annual Excellence Awards in Dublin, Ireland as part of the 2016 World of Coffee event. This year’s ... full story

Oikocredit invests $8M in Mongolian bank, XacBank

XacBank.pngJune 21 | 2016 Oikocredit has joined eight other investors in a syndicated loan to XacBank in Mongolia, totalling US$ 108.5 million. Around US$ 30 million of the loan facility will be purely dedicated towards supporting female-owned or operated micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. full story

Oikocredit releases social results for 2015

Cover Social performance report 2015.jpgJune 17 | 2016 Oikocredit today released its social performance results for 2015 via a press conference in Amsterdam. Oikocredit social performance director and interim managing director, Ging Ledesma, presented... full story

Annual general meeting elects new board members, approves dividend

AGM2016-image1June 15 | 2016 Last week over 100 members and staff of Oikocredit International gathered for a week of meetings in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands. The week concluded with the cooperative’s annual general meeting (AGM) on 9 June. full story

“Oikocredit has far more influence and impact on people than I realised”

david-woods.jpgJune 01 | 2016 Following the announcement that he would be stepping down from his position as Oikocredit International’s (OI) managing director, David Woods shared his thoughts on his time at Oikocredit, his decision to move on and his future plans. full story

Oikocredit managing director David Woods steps down

david-woods.jpgJune 01 | 2016 David Woods has announced that he is stepping down from his position as Oikocredit International’s (OI) managing director to pursue his long-term personal goal of emigrating to New Zealand. full story

Oikocredit continues operations in Ecuador following devastating earthquake

Lorena.jpgMay 27 | 2016 On 16 April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador, killing 661 people and injuring 27,732*. Oikocredit Ecuador staff, based in Quito were not in areas affected by the earthquake. Since this first earthquake a number of small ones have followed, as well as tremors and aftershocks. full story

Study tour heads to Ecuador

ecuador.jpgMay 03 | 2016 This year Oikocredit’s annual study tour will take place in Ecuador. Groups of staff, volunteers, members and investors will visit partners and their end-clients in the country’s coastal and highland regions from 8 to 14 May 2016. full story

Annual report: Growth and change

Cover annual report 2015 EnglishApril 21 | 2016 Oikocredit's annual report for 2015 is now online. It provides an update on operations and performance, including recent developments in our focus areas of inclusive finance, agriculture and renewable energy and Africa. full story

Data analysis and capacity building: linking good intentions with good results

1582-lolc-kh-1500pxs-01.jpgApril 06 | 2016 Microfinance institutions can support sustainable poverty alleviation, but only if they reach the right clients with the right services. Oikocredit’s client outcomes programme uses capacity ... full story

Interview: A grassroots-approach to innovation

Rien-and-Vincent-3.jpgMarch 30 | 2016 The business development unit at Oikocredit’s Amersfoort office has expanded. The team now comprises two full-time business development specialists, Rien Hazeleger and newcomer Vincent van Dugteren, and director equity and business development Bart van Eyk. We spoke to Rien (RH) and Vincent (VvD) about what drives business development at Oikocredit and how innovation will be nurtured within the cooperative. full story

Oikocredit grows total portfolio by 23%, reaches record investments in Africa

yalelo-zambia-or.jpgMarch 23 | 2016 Oikocredit has recorded another set of solid results for the full year ending 31 December 2015, passing a historic milestone of € 1 billion in total assets and recording exponential growth in ... full story

Oikocredit makes $11m investment in Honduran solar power plant

planta-solar-honduras2-(2).pngMarch 07 | 2016 In February, social investor and worldwide cooperative, Oikocredit, invested US$ 11 million in Compañía Hondureña de Energía Solar, S.A. de C.V. (COHESSA), a solar energy company established to build, own and operate the solar power plant ‘Valle Solar’ in the province of Nacaome in southern Honduras. Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America, with the World Bank estimating that 62.8% of the population were living below the national poverty line in 2014. full story

Oikocredit invests $ 5.9 million in Nicaraguan agroforestry company

global-equity-team-2015.jpgFebruary 08 | 2016 Global impact investor, Oikocredit, has invested US$ 5.9 million in Cafetalera Nicafrance SA (Nicafrance), as part of a US$ 13.3 million co-investment with the Moringa Partnership. full story

Meeting the demand for sustainable fish

yalelo-news-item-01.jpgJanuary 11 | 2016 In September 2014, Oikocredit made its first equity investment of US$ 2.5 million in Yalelo Ltd, a sustainable aquaculture company in Zambia. Yalelo farms tilapia in Lake Kariba which is then sold... full story

First securitization deal for off-grid solar in Africa

david-ten-kroode.jpgJanuary 05 | 2016 At the end of 2015, Oikocredit and BBOXX, a British-based solar energy provider, announced that they had teamed up to fund the distribution and financing of solar technology for low-income households in Kenya. full story

Letter from our managing director

david-woods-Q42015-newsletter.pngDecember 21 | 2015 Dear valued stakeholders, With 2015 almost at a close, it’s a good time not only to reflect on the year’s achievements, but also look forward to what 2016 may bring. This year was one of steady ... full story

Indian water and sanitation initiative a success

belstar-india-news-item.jpgDecember 15 | 2015 In 2011, Oikocredit’s Indian subsidiary, Maanaveeya, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) jointly funded a US$ 1 million Sustainable Financing for Safe Drinking Water, Sanitation and Renewable Energy project (known as WATSAN). full story

Vancity selects Oikocredit as a manager of its global development investments

Oiko_ClaudetteCarracedo-001_300dpi.jpgDecember 10 | 2015 Vancity credit union has selected Oikocredit to invest a portion of its Shared World global development term deposit. full story

Building up Oikocredit’s equity portfolio

Bart van Eyk 267 x 107.jpgDecember 09 | 2015 In August 2015, Oikocredit welcomed a new member to the management team, Bart van Eyk. As the equity and business development director, Bart is responsible for building-up and managing the equity ... full story

Tree plantings mark Oikocredit’s 40th anniversary

Tree planting Kenya hands 150 x 226 .jpgNovember 18 | 2015 Last week trees were planted in the Netherlands, Kenya and India to mark Oikocredit’s 40th anniversary, in ceremonies that were attended by Oikocredit employees from around the globe. The tree ... full story

Update on Philippine operations

tes-pilapil.jpgOctober 20 | 2015 The Philippines has been hit by yet another devastating typhoon. On Sunday 18 October, typhoon Koppu (also known as Lando in the Philippines) made landfall near the town of Casiguran on the island... full story

Oikocredit hosts Canadian tour by renowned Filipino community leader

Dr  Alip square.jpgOctober 17 | 2015 Microfinance pioneer Dr. Aris Alip to speak at public events in Vancouver, Toronto and Kitchener in November. full story