Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
May 2021

Oikocredit News and Updates

 

Protecting Smallholder Farmers and Building Resilience

As the agriculture sector and food security are threatened, low-income communities suffer. Ging Ledesma, Director of Social Performance and Innovation at Oikocredit, shares about these issues and how Oikocredit and others are responding with the Smallholder Safety Net Upscaling Programme (SSNUP).

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Oikocredit invests in Banco Caribe to promote sustainable dev. of SMEs in Dominican Republic

Oikocredit’s investment of RD$150 million (USD 2.64 million) in Banco Caribe is the first international private subordinate loan that the Dominican Republic-based bank has obtained.

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Fintech Avanti Finance raises US$ 26 million in Series A funding round led by Oikocredit and others

Social impact investor Oikocredit’s investment in Avanti Finance will help accelerate credit and other financial products to 100 million unserved and underserved households in India.

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What's Happening in Canada?

 

Join our team!

Oikocredit Canada is looking for Directors with experience serving on a non-profit Board of Directors and with a professional background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Impact and sustainable investing
  • Fundraising and grant writing
  • Communications and social media
  • Stakeholder relations including government and investor relations
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Virtual Study Tour - Caravela Coffee

On a virtual study tour of Caravela Coffee, the company which sources coffee from Latin American small-holder farmers and in which OI has a $4.7m equity stake,  participants were reminded that the coffee we drink can help improve the lives of people and our planet. 
Julie Scott and Vaishali Dassani of Oikocredit Canada participated in the Caravela Coffee study tour and share what they learned. Read more

 

Pursuing Faith-based Impact Investing - Insights on Financial Performance

Faith-based investors – from individuals to religious institutions – have engaged with values-based investing for generations, demonstrating a rich history of negative screening, divestment, and shareholder advocacy that has sparked movements and generated deep social change. 

In an effort to address the challenges faced by faith-based investors interested in exploring impact investing, the GIIN has produced this issue brief to provide access to practical information about impact investing. This brief demonstrates that impact investors seeking risk-adjusted market rate returns can achieve them, while balancing a variety of facets when making capital allocation decisions and managing performance. 

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Impact Investors Need to Share Power, Not Just Capital

Lack of capital access and ownership is a historic and systemic barrier to equity, especially for Black, Indigenous, and other racial groups, and women.

A number of efforts are underway to address this issue: Investors and foundations representing more than $1.88 trillion in assets under management signed Confluence Philanthropy’s 
2020 Belonging Pledge, and hundreds of foundations have committed to increasing philanthropic allocations to community organizations and initiatives led by the people most affected by the social issues being addressed.

Read the article at the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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2020 Annual Report

 

Have you read the 2020 Oikocredit Annual Report?

Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit recently published its annual results for 2020. While the effects of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic had implications for the cooperative’s income, assets and portfolio, business continuity is secure thanks to the loyalty of its investors.

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