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Digital surveying shows social changes from perspective of Oikocredit partners’ clients

Client self-perception survey coverpage.pngJanuary 12 | 2022 Oikocredit and five financial services partner organisations have undertaken a systematic, digital survey of the partners’ clients to assess significant changes in their lives over the past twelve months. full story

Becoming Oikocredit’s new Managing Director: interview with Mirjam ‘t Lam

Mirjam 't Lam.jpgJanuary 10 | 2022 Mirjam ‘t Lam took up her new post as Managing Director of Oikocredit on 1 December. She had served as Interim Managing Director for several months after joining the cooperative in November 2020 as Director of Finance & Risk. We interviewed Mirjam about her professional background, her personal motivation, and her thoughts about Oikocredit, 2021 and the coming year. full story

New Year’s Message: Looking back and moving forward

Mirjam 't Lam.jpgJanuary 04 | 2022 Oikocredit’s new Managing Director, Mirjam ‘t Lam, reflects on her first year at Oikocredit and shares about what we can look forward to in 2022 and beyond. full story

The season of joy and Mercy’s story

UNAI-KE-65.jpgDecember 17 | 2021 It doesn’t matter where you are in the world or what you are celebrating this holiday season, striving to make a positive impact in the lives of low-income people is something that everyone can take part in. full story

Oikocredit joins FIRST+ programme to help generate work opportunities for 60,000 Ghanaians

First+.pngDecember 15 | 2021 Oikocredit is teaming up with CapitalPlus Exchange (CapPlus) and the Mastercard Foundation on their Financial Institution Resilience and Strengthening (FIRST+) programme to strengthen financial institutions and create work opportunities in Ghana. full story

Oikocredit held General Meeting to discuss strategy and capital-raising model

EGM image smallDecember 07 | 2021 On 2 December Oikocredit held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, with members and others participating through a web-based conferencing and electronic voting system. full story

Oikocredit invests € 2 million to support growth of solar energy in Africa

Spark.jpgDecember 07 | 2021 Our investment in solar electricity innovators Spark will enable last-mile distributors to bring affordable, sustainable off-grid solutions to hundreds of thousands of low-income households full story

Introducing Oikocredit’s new community-focused approach: learning from partners

MVP.pngDecember 06 | 2021 Oikocredit has been working with its stakeholders for some time to develop a new purpose-driven multi-year strategy for launch in 2022. full story

Call for Supervisory Board applications

Newsletter November screenshotDecember 01 | 2021 Oikocredit intends to appoint new members to its Supervisory Board during its annual general meeting in June 2022. full story

IDH Farmfit Fund and Oikocredit co-investment in Aldea Global to support Nicaraguan coffee smallholders

ALD-NI-50.jpgNovember 30 | 2021 IDH Farmfit Fund and Oikocredit are providing a  syndicated US$ 3.2 million loan to Asociación Aldea Global Jinotega, a Nicaraguan small farmers’ association that produces and exports speciality ... full story

Symbiotics and Oikocredit invest in ETG to support West Africa cocoa and cashew value chains

ETGNovember 17 | 2021 The loan will help create an additional 200 jobs and support the work of 70,000 smallholder farmers in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria full story

Q3 2021 quarterly report: Cautious optimism

Untitled design (7).pngNovember 16 | 2021 Four times a year Oikocredit publishes key facts and figures on the previous quarter. Here we provide our investors and others with additional background context on developments during the third quarter of 2021. full story

Mirjam ‘t Lam appointed Oikocredit’s Managing Director

Mirjam 't Lam.jpgNovember 16 | 2021 Mirjam ‘t Lam has been appointed Managing Director of Oikocredit, effective 1 December 2021. full story

Oikocredit partners Crecer and Fonkoze shortlisted for European Microfinance Award 2021 for Inclusive Finance and Healthcare

November 15 | 2021 Two Oikocredit partners, Crecer IFD in Bolivia and Fonkoze in Haiti, are among the shortlisted finalists for the European Microfinance Award 2021 for Inclusive Finance & Healthcare. full story

Oikocredit holds general meeting in December

EGM image.pngNovember 05 | 2021 Oikocredit’s Managing Board and Supervisory Board are pleased to announce to the cooperative's members the convention of an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be held on 2 December 2021. full story

Capacity building for agriculture [interview]

Barbara.jpgNovember 04 | 2021 Barbara Rademaker started at Oikocredit in January 2021 as the cooperative’s Global Agriculture Specialist. In this interview we find out about Barbara’s past experience, present work and future ambitions at Oikocredit. full story

Oikocredit expands its financial inclusion portfolio with the latest investment in Senegal

CMS.jpgNovember 03 | 2021 Union des Caisses de Credit Mutuel du Sénégal will use the loan to develop its lending portfolio, focusing on rural and agricultural income-generating activities full story

Oikocredit and Opportunity International announce impact investment of USD 100 million to advance education in low-income countries

logo.jpgNovember 01 | 2021 The collaboration is expected to reach up to 1.6 million children by increasing access to capital for schools and families with students in Africa, India and Latin America full story

Oikocredit investment in Valency Agro Nigeria Ltd will create jobs and improve farmers’ livelihoods

cashewsOctober 27 | 2021 The loan to the cashew processing company will generate more employment and improve the livelihoods of both rural women and smallholder farmers in Nigeria. full story

Stories from Brazil [part 2]: Crediluz

CRED-BR- (40).jpgOctober 21 | 2021 Currently, Oikocredit has 22 partner organisations in Brazil. To give you a glimpse of the type of organisations we support in the region, we’re introducing you to Crediluz and some of their clients. This is the second part of a three-part series featuring our partners in Brazil. full story

Stories from Brazil [part 1]: Sulcredi

Vilson Ghisleri in his vineyardOctober 21 | 2021 Currently, Oikocredit has 22 partner organisations in Brazil. To give you a glimpse of the type of organisations we support in the region, we’re introducing you to Sulcredi and some of their clients. This is the first part of a three-part series on our Brazilian partners. full story

Oikocredit invests in Fundación Génesis Empresarial, Guatemala's leading microfinance institution

Genesis EmpresarialOctober 20 | 2021 Stable and successful Central American microfinance institution helps low-income rural clients and their families improve lives with microfinance services and training. full story

Gladys’ story: financing for families and flavour

COOP-EC-032.jpgOctober 13 | 2021 Oikocredit invests in organisations that support women like Gladys Arcos, an entrepreneur leading a family business in Ecuador. Here we see how access to finance matched with her entrepreneurial drive, helped provide for her family in difficult times and created opportunities for a better future. full story

Oikocredit signs new loan guarantee agreement with AGF

Screenshot 2021-10-08 110039.pngOctober 08 | 2021 African Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (AGF) is enhancing its loan guarantee to Oikocredit by US$ 25 million, bringing its total 10-year loan guarantee to US$ 43 million. full story

Celebrate International Coffee Day with a cup of sustainable coffee!

Jose Augusto Cordón, Oikocredit’s Senior Investment Officer in Central AmericaOctober 01 | 2021 International Coffee Day takes place every 1 October. It’s a day to appreciate the hard work of coffee growers around the world and to renew efforts to ensure that they earn a fair income for their efforts. There can be no better day to drink a cup of sustainable and fair trade coffee with friends and family! full story

Changes to the Supervisory Board

Org announcement.pngOctober 01 | 2021 Joseph Patterson has submitted his resignation as Chair of Oikocredit’s Supervisory Board effective 1 October 2021. full story

Oikocredit joins DFC and USAID in USD $55 million Covid-19 relief loan financing programme for sustainable agriculture development in India

AMCC-IN-018.jpgSeptember 24 | 2021 The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are jointly sponsoring a $55 million credit guarantee with Maanaveeya, our subsidiary in India, and other lenders to support the Indian agriculture sector hit by Covid-19. full story

Change to Oikocredit’s Managing Board

Bart-van-Eyk-web.jpgSeptember 23 | 2021 Bart van Eyk, Director of Investments, will be leaving Oikocredit at the end of February 2022 to explore new ventures in the world of impact investing and social enterprises. full story

Supporting partners’ innovative responses to Covid-19

response asset 1.pngSeptember 22 | 2021 Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Oikocredit has helped partners and their clients and members stay safe, be informed and cope with the crisis. Building on from our coronavirus solidarity fund, our Innovation in Response to Covid-19 programme supports partners in developing adaptive solutions with the people they serve. full story

Oikocredit is partnering with Sidian Bank to support SMEs in Kenya

Sidian Bank logo.jpgSeptember 22 | 2021 Sidian Bank, a mid-tier bank focusing on SMEs in Kenya has secured a deal with the Netherlands based social impact investor, Oikocredit, to support lending to the SME sector in Kenya. full story

Making a difference: our Impact Report 2021

Elikanah asset.pngSeptember 20 | 2021 We interviewed Elikanah Ng'ang'a, Oikocredit’s Social Performance and Capacity Building Officer for Africa, to get behind the numbers in our latest Impact Report 2021. He provides us with insights into the many aspects of his work supporting our partners and the difference Oikocredit is making. full story

Impact Report 2021 is live!

fb.pngSeptember 15 | 2021 Oikocredit just published its Impact Report 2021. In this report you can learn all about Oikocredit’s social impact: how we measure it, what this looks like in our focus sectors and regions, our capacity building support and more. full story

Carlos and Esteban’s story: Securing a better future

JARD-EC-047.jpgSeptember 03 | 2021 How can access to finance help dreams become a reality? We follow the story of Carlos Cajas and his son, Esteban, who established a family business that transformed their lives and positively impacted their community. full story

Q2 2021 quarterly report: Performing acceptably in an unpredictable environment

Untitled design (7).pngAugust 23 | 2021 Four times a year Oikocredit publishes key facts and figures on the previous quarter. Here we provide our investors and others with additional background context on developments during the second quarter of 2021. full story

Overcoming Covid-19 challenges in India [interview part 2]

AGM-2018-05.jpgAugust 20 | 2021 India, the second most populous country in the world, has been hit incredibly hard by Covid-19. In the second part of this interview with Gouri Sankar, the Managing Director of Oikocredit’s subsidiary in India (Maanaveeya), we learn about: how Maanaveeya has been supporting its partners and how our partners have been serving their clients. We also learn about Maanaveeya’s outlook for the near future. full story

Overcoming Covid-19 challenges in India [interview part 1]

AGM-2018-05.jpgAugust 19 | 2021 India, the second most populous country in the world, has been hit incredibly hard by Covid-19. What is the situation like now? Has Oikocredit’s subsidiary in India (Maanaveeya) been able to cope? What about our staff and our partners and their clients? Gouri Sankar, Managing Director of Maanaveeya, answers these questions and more. full story

Oikocredit appoints new Regional Equity Manager for Asia

Anirudh_1.jpgAugust 19 | 2021 Oikocredit has appointed Anirudh Sarda as Equity Manager for investments in Asia. full story

Oikocredit’s work and plans in Brazil

Nicolas ViedmaAugust 12 | 2021 Oikocredit’s office in Brazil is one of several country offices the global cooperative has in Latin America and the Caribbean. We recently interviewed our Brazil Country Manager, Nicolas Viedma, to talk about some of the most pressing issues and plans for Oikocredit in the country. full story

Oikocredit invests € 1.6 million in Comafruits to support Mali mango value chain

mangoAugust 03 | 2021 The loan to the mango processing company will sustain up to 500 jobs and support the work of 3,000 mango farmers in Southern Mali full story

PowerGen partners with Oikocredit and others to connect 55,000 people to electricity in rural Nigeria

Powergen_Portfolio.pngJuly 22 | 2021 The electricity will be provided by 28 distributed renewable energy (DRE) systems, designed as solar PV and battery-powered mini-grids. full story

Oikocredit makes interim changes to its Managing Board

Org announcement.pngJuly 20 | 2021 Oikocredit will make two interim changes to its Managing Board while the cooperative continues its search for a new Managing Director. full story

Oikocredit’s new investment in Unaitas will support farmer cooperatives in Kenya

Unaitas LogoJuly 15 | 2021 Oikocredit is providing a new loan to Unaitas, the fastest growing savings cooperative in Kenya with over 378,000 members. full story

Oikocredit appoints new Regional Equity Managers

Valeria and Sebastien.pngJuly 08 | 2021 Oikocredit has appointed two new Equity Managers, Valeria Gelsi and Sébastien Rigaud, with responsibility respectively for Latin America and Africa full story

A better life in the cooperative

Coops day assetJuly 02 | 2021 On the International Day of Cooperatives (#CoopsDay), 3 July, international cooperative and social impact investor Oikocredit is celebrating the principles of solidarity, cooperation and community – and its work with cooperatives worldwide. full story

Oikocredit is ready for the future [interview]

Thos Gieskes_webJune 28 | 2021 With Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, leaving later this year, we wanted to sit down with him to discuss his time at Oikocredit. We also recently held our Annual General Meeting, making this a good time to reflect on what Oikocredit was like when Thos first started, where the cooperative is today, where it’s headed and how the current and new strategy are connected to it all. full story

Oikocredit invests in Fin’Elle to support women entrepreneurs in Côte d'Ivoire

logo.jpgJune 24 | 2021 Oikocredit’s loan to Fin’Elle will help provide microfinance and mesofinance loans to 10,000 households in Côte d'Ivoire. full story

Looking for our new Managing Director

Appointment of MD brochure.jpgJune 23 | 2021 Oikocredit is looking for an inspirational and visionary Managing Director to lead our impact into the future. full story

Specialty coffee making an impact

CARA-UK-020.jpgJune 16 | 2021 Oikocredit partner Caravela Coffee is driven by two things: promoting delicious specialty coffee and supporting low-income communities in Latin America. The combination of these two elements has resulted in the support of 4,000 smallholder coffee farmers and a tastier market. full story

Oikocredit holds 45th annual general meeting

45th AGM asset.pngJune 14 | 2021 Last week Oikocredit held its 45th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, with members and others participating through a web-based conferencing and electronic voting system. full story

Oikocredit invests in Grace and Mercy to expand lending to women in rural communities across Nigeria

cropped-GnM-LOGO.pngJune 10 | 2021 This is Oikocredit’s first loan to Grace and Mercy Households Improvement Initiative, a Nigerian microfinance institution (MFI) supporting marginalised and economically disadvantaged people. full story