Oikocredit Canada Newsletter
July 2020

Oikocredit News and Updates


Oikocredit Canada is pleased to welcome Carla Pellegrini, Ellen Pekilis, Tim D'Souza, Will Postma and Lindsay Wallace to our board of directors. Thank you to our departing directors Heather Keachie, Joseph Howse and Rachel Gonsalves for your years of leadership and support.


Unity and cooperation through the pandemic

Press Release: Oikocredit invests in M-KOPA, supporting solar energy in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda

M-KOPA is Africa’s leading provider of pay-as-you-go off-grid solar power and smartphones to over 900,000 homes and small businesses. With Oikocredit’s loan, M-KOPA will continue to empower people by giving them a path to ownership of off-grid solar power products that can be extended to fit the needs of the whole household.

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Blog: Could microfinance help prevent a health crisis from becoming an even greater food crisis?

The United Nations (UN) recently published a report estimating that 130 million more people may face chronic hunger in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Oikocredit’s Regional Director Africa, Hans Perk writes about the effects of the coronavirus on the world’s most vulnerable people. 

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Solidarity: the strength of our network

Reflection on the June AGM, how Oikocredit supports its partners during the pandemic and more.

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Through the Pandemic and Beyond

This thought leadership piece includes a survey of CAFIID members on the impact of the pandemic and the priorities for recovering and rebuilding to achieve sustainable and equitable growth.

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Update on Oikocredit’s Solidarity Fund

Many Oikocredit end-clients work in the informal sector of micro and small enterprises. While their businesses were impacted, there was still the possibility to keep their business afloat. But the cost of the sanitation materials and the protective equipment required is an additional cost that strains their already dwindling resources. Cover photo: La Fayette Microfinance Bank Limited staff distributing sanitary kits purchased with support from the coronavirus solidarity fund.

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The story of John Njenga, a man Nairobians call “the Water Man”

The Water Man story tells of one man’s determination to bend the Covid-19 curve, and provides lessons for Oikocredit partners, staff and investors. In this first part of his blog, Elikanah Ng'ang'a Social Performance & Capacity Building Officer - Oikocredit Africa, writes about how the Water Man inspired him and other Oikocredit staff in the Oikocredit office in Kenya.

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