Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
April 2020

Oikocredit News and Updates


Oikocredit Canada is led by a dedicated volunteer board that has the responsibility for carrying out Oikocredit's grassroots education and outreach initiatives as well as building relationships to support Oikocredit's partners across 68 countries. We are grateful for our volunteers across Canada and around the world.

Thank you!

Cover photo: current Oikocredit Canada team including Board of Directors and staff with Joseph Patterson of Oikocredit International Supervisory Board and Hans Van Nie of Oikocredit International Members Council at our 2019 annual meeting in Toronto

Join the team!

Are you looking for an engaging volunteer opportunity? Oikocredit Canada is seeking to fill upcoming vacancies on our Board of Directors with persons who are passionate about the vision, mission, and values of Oikocredit. The successful candidates will have experience serving on a non-profit Board of Directors and a professional background in one or more of the following areas: Law; Accounting; Finance & capital markets; Development work and capacity building in emerging & frontier markets.

Apply by May 15, 2020 >

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

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. 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.

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Annual Report 2019: Improved results, satisfied partners

Oikocredit's financial performance strengthened in 2019, with a net income of € 14.3 million (up from € 1.3 million in 2018). We made good headway in streamlining our business model, maintaining investor confidence and we received positive feedback from the organizations we finance. As well as the financials, we introduce the people behind the numbers, who benefit from our work and remind us of the value of our financing and capacity building support. People like Jessy Chipindo, a client of Oikocredit partner EFC Zambia, who you see on the cover page.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

As the Covid-19 pandemic develops, Oikocredit is closely monitoring and responding to the situation. We now have a dedicated page with our latest Covid-19 updates, such as messages from our Managing Director Thos Gieskes, FAQs, resources for our partners and information on fraud protection.

go to the updates page >

Save the Date!

45 Years of Social Impact Investing

"In 2020 Oikocredit will celebrate its 45th anniversary. When Oikocredit was founded in 1975, the concept of impact investing was unknown, and we are proud to have been a catalyst in the exponential growth of this market that’s now estimated to be worth US$ 239 billion1. Today, 45 years on, we remain true to our focus on social impact."
-Thos Gieskes, Oikocredit Managing Director

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