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The COVID-19 crisis has halted activities and slowed down the work of many organizations, including the work of Oikocredit.
At SOCODEVI, this has been our guiding mantra for three decades — and has inspired our endeavors that have had an impact on more than 500,000 people in the last year alone. We contribute to improving the living conditions of communities by helping to create and strengthen sustainable and inclusive cooperative and mutual enterprises.
For non-profits, businesses, and social enterprises, the COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy. For many charities, the needs of their clients increased dramatically, owing to job losses, housing insecurity, and health concerns. And for social enterprises and businesses, the tune was the same—supply chains were disrupted, shoppers needed to buy curbside, and in some cases, whole business units were rendered obsolete.
While everyone has experienced the pandemic differently, economic challenges, loneliness, and loss have likely touched nearly every person on this earth. That’s both mind-blowing to consider and a reminder of our connectedness. As the impact of the pandemic continues to reverberate in our community, Kindred Credit Union is guided by our values and purpose every day. Ben Janzen, Director, Values Integration, Kindred Credit Union shares his thoughts.
An outlook on how Desjardins and DID put their cooperative values to work during the pandemic, in Canada and elsewhere in the world