Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
November 2020

Oikocredit News and Updates


Celebrating Oikocredit's 45 years with our Canadian network

Oikocredit celebrated its 45th anniversary on November 4, 2020. 

Today our financial inclusion partners reach 38.2 million people, and our agricultural partners reach 557,000 farmers. In this short video, we look back to our founders’ vision and future work together, to thank our thousands of investors, partners, volunteers and staff.

As we celebrate 45 years, we’d like to hear from you, our readers and mobilizers. Fill out this short form to tell us what motivated you to join this network and share your Oikocredit story. 


Does your investment portfolio have “the quan”?

Eduard Walkers, Oikocredit Regional Director Latin America and Caribbean, looks at what is needed for sustainable development finance and takes inspiration from an unusual source: the film Jerry Maguire. He proposes a “quan” scale of investment levels and asks: does your investment portfolio have the quan?

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Oikocredit invests in Brazilian fintech BizCapital

BizCapital, a digital lending platform for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Brazil, has completed a USD 15 million Series B funding round. Oikocredit has acquired a minority stake in the company. “In addition to continuing to help SMEs with credit, we look forward to expanding our financial services offering, and developing new products for entrepreneurs”, added Francisco Ferreira, CEO and cofounder of BizCapital.

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In case you missed it: Opmeers Report Webinar Recording

On Monday Pauline and Wim Opmeer took us on a journey through their travels as Oikocredit photographers. Over the past 10 years they have visited hundreds of Oikocredit partners. Click here to watch the webinar recording.


Canadian Retail Investors Seek Diversity & Inclusion in their Portfolios, Want Advisors to Offer Responsible Investments

The 2020 Responsible Investment Association (RIA) Investor Opinion Survey showed that the majority of Canadians want to invest in impact. Here are some highlights from the report:

  • 75% of respondents would like their financial services provider to inform them about responsible investment options
  • 73% of respondents would like a portion of their portfolio to be invested in organizations providing opportunities for the advancement of women and diverse groups
  • 72% want their fund manager to engage with Canadian corporations to encourage more diversity in leadership
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Mirjam ‘t Lam joins Oikocredit as Director of Finance & Risk


Welcome, Mirjam! She joins Oikocredit from African investment company Arise, where she spent nearly four years as Chief Financial Risk Officer and played a leading role in the creation of the organisation.

Thos Gieskes, Managing Director of Oikocredit, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Mirjam to Oikocredit. Her experience in development finance across the globe will be highly valuable to us.”

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Oikocredit Canada Investor Engagement Survey

How do you want to invest? Have your say!

We are working hard at Oikocredit Canada to identify potential new impact investment products for Canadians. Whether you've invested before or not, your responses to this short survey will help inform our new product developments.


Have you read the 2020 Oikocredit Impact Report?

We would love to hear your feedback about the 2020 Impact Report. Send us an email to let us know what you thought! Haven't read it yet? Click the button below to download the report and find out what what goes into making the report in this interview with our Global Social Performance Specialist.

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