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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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Solidarity: the strength of our network

Thos Gieskes & Laura Pool.jpgJuly 01 | 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. full story

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

ADominguez (1).JPGJune 30 | 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. full story

Joint Statement on Racial Justice from Oikocredit Canada and Oikocredit US

June 18 | 2020 Oikocredit Canada and Oikocredit US join our voices together to make it clear that Black Lives Matter. In an effort to be part of the solution, we commit to stand beside those who strive to be heard and seek to create a more just and equal society. full story

THE WATER MAN – part 1 of 2

Elikanah.jpgJune 18 | 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. full story

Oikocredit exits its investment in Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate

Divine exit PR.jpgJune 17 | 2020 Social impact investor Oikocredit has supported Divine since 2006 as it expanded its footprint from the United Kingdom to the USA full story

Oikocredit holds annual general meeting, members decide on dividend

asset 2.jpgJune 15 | 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. full story

MFIs Covid-19 awareness training

ComicJune 09 | 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) full story

Video tour of Oikocredit’s work in Ghana

Study tour 2020.pngJune 08 | 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. full story

Oikocredit and Kindred agree gradual winddown of GIC product offering

June 05 | 2020 After five years of successful partnership, Oikocredit and Kindred Credit Union have agreed to phase out their cooperation agreement, which saw Kindred offer Global Impact Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) for investment in Oikocredit. full story

With Renewable Energy: an Interview with David ten Kroode

David ten Kroode - Renewable Energy Manager - Oikocredit2.jpgMay 28 | 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. full story

Quarterly report: Withstanding the crisis

May 25 | 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. full story

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

Dr Godwin.jpgMay 11 | 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. full story

The main thing is sustainability [interview]

CPFAM-BR-23.jpgMay 08 | 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. full story

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

May 06 | 2020 Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has revised its dividend proposal for 2019 from 1% to 0%. full story

Oikocredit foundation creates coronavirus solidarity fund

Coronavirus solidarity fund item.jpgMay 05 | 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. full story

Change to Oikocredit’s Managing Board

laura-pool.jpgMay 04 | 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. full story

Stichting Oikocredit International Share Foundation to Postpone Reporting Annual Financial Results Due to COVID-19 Related Delays

May 01 | 2020 Toronto, ON - April 29 2020 - Stichting Oikocredit International Share Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today that due to delays to operations caused by the Covid-19 virus, it is relying on... full story

Oikocredit and other impact investors agree coronavirus coordination principles

MoU for Debt Refinancing coordination principles .pngMay 01 | 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. full story

Coffee, Cocoa, and the Coronavirus [Interview]

Hans PerkApril 28 | 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? full story

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

download.pngApril 14 | 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. full story

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

Ging-Ledesma-web.jpgApril 09 | 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. full story

Nomination for appointment to the Supervisory Board

joseph-patterson.jpgApril 09 | 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. full story

Join our team!

OCSA Board 2019-2020.jpgApril 08 | 2020 Oikocredit Canada is seeking to fill upcoming vacancies on our volunteer Board of Directors with persons who are passionate about the vision, mission, and values of Oikocredit. full story

Protecting organisations against coronavirus scams – tips for partners

ilya-pavlov-OqtafYT5kTw-unsplash.jpgApril 08 | 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. full story

It's not just about growth [interview]

laura-pool.jpgApril 06 | 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. full story

Indian Oikocredit subsidiary supports government relief fund for coronavirus

Photo (002).jpgApril 06 | 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). full story

Protecting yourself against coronavirus scams – tips for investors

christopher-gower-m_HRfLhgABo-unsplash.jpgApril 03 | 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. full story

Oikocredit publishes its annual report for 2019

Cover Annual Report 2019 coverApril 02 | 2020 Today we published our annual report which informs investors and other stakeholders about our financial performance from the past year. 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