The cooperative spirit
Co-operatives are member-owned, autonomous associations that enable individuals and communities to help themselves through economic activity. Core principles of co-operatives include:
- voluntary and open membership
- democratic member control
- autonomy and independence
- education, training and information
- concern for community
Oikocredit is itself a co-operative, one of the few internationally-operating co-operatives, with almost 600 members from all over the world.
The very essence of Oikocredit is its co-operative spirit, which has brought together thousands of citizens from around the world to work toward financial inclusion and international development.
The co-operatives Oikocredit invests in play an essential role in enabling individuals and communities to become involved, respected and valued. Our co-operative partners build not just business opportunities, but services like education and health care.
By taking joint action, individuals benefit both themselves and their communities.