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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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Join our team!

March 27 | 2020 We are currently seeking to fill upcoming vacancies on our Board of Directors with persons who are passionate about the vision, mission, and values of Oikocredit. full story

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

Thos-Gieskes-web.jpgMarch 26 | 2020 Thos Gieskes, Managing Director of Oikocredit, has the following message for Oikocredit’s stakeholders. full story

Oikocredit announces 2019 results and partner satisfaction [press release]

Jessy Chipindo, restaurant owner and client of Oikocredit partner Entrepreneurs Financial Centre (EFC) Zambia. March 19 | 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. full story

Oikocredit and the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)

Thos-Gieskes-web.jpgMarch 13 | 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. full story

€ 1 million investment in ACE clean cooking

African Clean Energy.jpgMarch 12 | 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. full story

No development without risk [interview]

Evert Ludding.JPGMarch 10 | 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. full story

On the trail of cocoa

Paul Bukuroh AppiahFebruary 19 | 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. full story

Fair is when all benefit

GREEN-KE-09.jpgFebruary 04 | 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. full story

Volunteers and staff meet our partners in Ghana

STUDY-GH-315.jpgJanuary 27 | 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. full story

Most read: our six biggest stories in 2019

Mimin-Among-Komida.jpgJanuary 21 | 2020 We look back at the partner stories and announcements that were most popular on our website last year. full story

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

Thos Gieskes.jpgJanuary 07 | 2020 Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, looks back on Oikocredit’s journey in 2019 and forward to the new year 2020. full story

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Oikocredit Seasons Greetings 2019 Final1.jpgDecember 23 | 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 ... full story

Oikocredit exits Zambian fish farm Yalelo

20190321f_04b.jpgDecember 10 | 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. full story

Fraudulent app alert

Screenshot Google Play StoreDecember 05 | 2019 Oikocredit would like to alert its partners, investors and the general public of the following fraudulent app: OikoCredit Loans full story

Tea: good prospects from great heights

KARO-RW-68.jpgDecember 03 | 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. full story

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

Musoni photo for November 2019 story.jpgNovember 19 | 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. full story

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

Ging.jpgNovember 08 | 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. full story

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

October 29 | 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. full story

Greenforest begins our European road show

GREEN-KE-09.jpgOctober 09 | 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. full story

Oikocredit invests in Ugandan tea processor Kayonza

Kayonza - Tea plantlets at Kayonza Tea Factory - Credit Solidaridad & Joshua Rukundo.jpgOctober 01 | 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. full story

Oikocredit increases investment in Colombian fintech Sempli

Sempli co-founders Felipe Llano (L) & Esteban Velasco (R).jpgSeptember 24 | 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. full story

Interview: Oikocredit’s latest Impact Report

Ging Ledesma-cropforuse.jpgSeptember 17 | 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. full story

Oikocredit launches Impact Report 2019

Oikocredit-Impact-Report-2019_EN-cover.jpgSeptember 10 | 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. full story

Organizational changes in Canada

August 06 | 2019 Oikocredit Canada to become a single, nation-wide Support Association following year-end closure of Oikocredit Atlantic Canada Cooperative. full story

Boosting efforts across focus sectors and strengthening partners

Thos2.jpgJuly 31 | 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. full story

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

AGM-2019-03.jpgJuly 24 | 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. full story

Jessy’s Story: A Taste of Success in Zambia

EFC-ZM-20.jpgJuly 10 | 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. full story

Oikocredit annual general meeting votes on dividend and supervisory board  

AGM-2019-cropped.jpgJune 21 | 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. full story

Bridging the Gender Gap…. At Home

Irene Valdez.jpgJune 13 | 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!” full story

How do coffee cooperatives support smallholder coffee farmers in Peru?

APROC-PE-45.jpgMay 29 | 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? full story

Equity investment to foster sustainable coffee trading

file1-5.jpegMay 22 | 2019 Oikocredit has announced a US$ 4.7 million investment in Caravela Coffee, a Latin American responsible specialty coffee trader. full story

Oikocredit expands its fintech portfolio in Mexico

3. Karina Perez Borja 2, Colaborador Kubo.JPGMay 02 | 2019 Oikocredit has invested in Mexican fintech Ku-Bo Financiero to boost access to affordable finance for individuals across Mexico. full story

CAFIID Knowledge Exchange Series on Innovative Finance

cafiid kxs full.pngMay 01 | 2019 Oikocredit Canada is pleased to support the Canadian Forum for Impact Investing and Development (CAFIID) with a series of workshops on new models of investment and financing in emerging markets. full story

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

Oikocredit and CNFA MOCA sign MoU.JPGApril 16 | 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. full story

It’s more than just finance [interview]

Laura Pool, director of risk at Oikocredit.jpgApril 10 | 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. full story

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

Annual report 2018 cover.jpgMarch 27 | 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. full story

Technology is part of the solution

Vincent1.JPGMarch 25 | 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. full story

Oikocredit invests in affordable housing finance provider Sitara in India

sitara.PNGMarch 21 | 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. full story

Oikocredit Joins OCIC's Transformations Exhibit

eugene transformationsMarch 04 | 2019 Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change is an award-winning collaborative photojournalism initiative intended to increase dialogue and further understanding of international partnerships that address complex global challenges. full story

Empowering women in Indonesia through financial inclusion

KOM-ID-20.jpgFebruary 28 | 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.” full story

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

Patrick Stutvoet.jpgFebruary 27 | 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. full story

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

laudex sq.PNGFebruary 18 | 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. full story

With my chickens, I feel free

Blog 1.jpgJanuary 30 | 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. full story

Reflecting on 2018 and looking forward

Thos Gieskes.jpgJanuary 29 | 2019 Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, reflects on 2018 and shares what is ahead for the cooperative. full story

Strengthening market access for small-scale farmers in India

YCOOK-IN-17.jpgJanuary 17 | 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. full story

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

SolarNow.jpgJanuary 08 | 2019 Oikocredit has closed its largest investment yet in off-grid solar company SolarNow, together with SunFunder and responsAbility. full story

Building Disaster Resiliency: A Guidebook

Guidebook Front Cover Portrait.pngDecember 12 | 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. full story

Oikocredit’s updated Vision & Strategy published

Strategyobjectives.pngDecember 03 | 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 ... full story

Call for Oikocredit Supervisory Board applications

SB application.PNGNovember 29 | 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. full story

A new operating model for Oikocredit [interview]

Bart logo image.PNGNovember 27 | 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. full story