Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
October 2020

Oikocredit News and Updates


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.


Coronavirus Solidarity Fund Is Making an Impact

Launched in May 2020, Oikocredit's Coronavirus Solidarity Fund is helping its end-clients and members of our partners in meeting new COVID-19 regulations and keep their businesses open. Unión de Organizaciones Campesinas Cacaoteras del Ecuador (Unocace) is providing grocery parcels to help cocoa farmers through the pandemic. U&I Microfinance Bank in Kenya is helping people like Loice Nyambura keep their small businesses up and running.


Oikocredit, Karongi and Muganza Kivu Tea Factories to produce two million high-quality tea seedlings in Rwanda

Oikocredit International Support Foundation has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Karongi and Muganza Kivu tea factories in Rwanda to produce two million seedlings that will be distributed to 2,000 smallholder farmers

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Upcoming Webinars

Tune in for two exciting (and free!) opportunities to get a closer look into Oikocredit's work behind the scenes:


Annapurna Microfinance Pvt. Ltd in India has been an Oikocredit partner since 2010 and provides loans to women for agricultural activities as well as for safe water and sanitation projects. Join us online today, October 28 to hear Oikocredit and Annapurna talk about how the pandemic is affecting microfinance lenders. Register here.


Wim and Pauline Opmeer are freelance photographers for Oikocredit. Over the past 10 years they have visited hundreds of Oikocredit partners. Join us online on November 16 to hear more about their encounters with Oikocredit's microcredit customers, farmers and partners. Register here.

Eugene Ellmen, Former National Director, Oikocredit Canada

The federal government has the tools to combat global poverty with investment. It should use them.

In February 2018 the Government of Canada announced $1.5 billion to fund two new financing programs for international development: the International Assistance Innovation Program and the Sovereign Loan Program. Recently the Globe and Mail reported that only $120,000 of that $1.5 billion has been spent to date. Eugene Ellmen, Oikocredit Canada's former National Director, speaks up.

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United Nations Day - 75th Anniversary


UN Day on October 24th marked the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. The UN notes that "this anniversary comes in a time of great disruption for the world, compounded by an unprecedented global health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with severe economic and social impacts. But it is also a reminder that times of struggle can become an opportunity for positive change and transformation."

You can watch the UN Day concert here and watch "Nations United", a 30-minute film that outlines what needs to be done to achieve the SDGs and tackle the world’s biggest issues.

Read about how we are supporting the UN SDGs in our 2020 Oikocredit Impact Report

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.


Celebrating Oikocredit's 45 years with our Canadian network

"Any organization that aims to reduce extreme poverty is worthy of my support. Microfinance is an effective tool and Oikocredit has expanded its mission beyond this."

-Jack, Ontario
Oikocredit Supporter for over 5 years

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. 

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