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How Oikocredit is supporting smallholder farmers through the pandemic [video]

Oikocredit Unocace Solidarity fundOctober 14 | 2020 In this short video you will see how with the help of our partner (Unocace) the Oikocredit solidarity fund is supporting cocoa farmers thorough the pandemic, and our partners are showered with gratitude and blessings. full story

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

KARO-RW-45.jpgOctober 06 | 2020 Most of the funding for this project comes from investors from Oikocredit’s West German Support Association, showing yet again how close smallholder farmers are to Oikocredit investors’ hearts. full story

A stitch in time [video]

Screenshot 2020-09-24 142018.jpgSeptember 25 | 2020 Through partners like U&I Microfinance Bank, Oikocredit’s coronavirus solidarity fund is reaching those who most need it. Like Loice Nyambura, the owner of a small tailoring business in Nairobi, Kenya. full story

Behind the Impact Report 2020 [interview]

Kawien Ziedses des Plantes - for use with Impact Report 2020 interview (2).jpgSeptember 15 | 2020 We interviewed Kawien Ziedses des Plantes, Oikocredit’s Global Social Performance Specialist, to find out what’s behind the recently published Impact Report 2020. After 45 years, we still see Oikocredit’s sharp focus on end-clients and its determined drive for continuous improvement. full story

Oikocredit launches its Impact Report 2020

Oikocredit-Impact-Report-2020_EN-cover.jpgSeptember 08 | 2020 Oikocredit’s Impact Report is now live and ready for downloading. Our latest report showcases our social impact data from across all Oikocredit’s activities. full story

[BLOG] Covid-19: a driving force for digital financial inclusion

Vincent.jpgSeptember 04 | 2020 By Vincent van Dugteren, Global Financial Inclusion Sector Specialist full story

Group lending: Cristiane and Helena show how it works

August 27 | 2020 A woman finds herself in crisis and is supported by another making a success of her business. In this story of solidarity amongst women you can discover how group lending works, and through our Brazilian partner BPCS, how Oikocredit serves hard to reach people. full story

Q2 quarterly report: Responding with resilience

Untitled design (7).pngAugust 20 | 2020 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 2020. full story

How does Covid-19 affect our social performance and innovation work? [video]

Ging.pngAugust 14 | 2020 We interviewed Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Director of Social Performance Innovation, to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic affects our social performance and innovation work. full story

SPTF and CERISE take over Smart Campaign implementation resources

a1Vug3Su.jpegAugust 05 | 2020 After a decade of successful work in advancing principles for client protection, the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) announced that the Smart Campaign would come to an end. The implementation... full story

How does Covid-19 impact on our investment operations? [video]

BvE interview.pngAugust 04 | 2020 We interviewed Bart van Eyk, Oikocredit’s Director of Investments to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting our investment operations. full story

Launch of CEO Forum for Oikocredit Partners in Africa

Ging LedesmaJuly 28 | 2020 CEOs with a dedication to continuous improvement, a passion for people and an appreciation of the extraordinary challenges of our time, came together online last week to launch Oikocredit’s forum for CEOs in Africa. The launch of this programme comes at a time when it is becoming evident that the situation brought on by Covid-19 is not something that will be resolved in a matter of a few months. full story

THE WATER MAN – part 2 of 2

Elikanah photo Part 2-2.jpgJuly 27 | 2020 Written by Elikanah Ng'ang'a, Social Performance & Capacity Building Officer - Oikocredit Africa
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 second part of his blog, Elikanah shares examples of what our partners are doing to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on their end-clients. full story

Oikocredit invests USD 5 million in M-KOPA to support growth of solar energy in Africa

AG0_6654.jpgJuly 21 | 2020 With this loan, M-KOPA is able to provide electricity and mobile connections to 10,000 households in Africa full story

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

Hans PerkJuly 16 | 2020 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. full story

Solidarity: the strength of our network

Thos Gieskes & Laura Pool.jpgJuly 01 | 2020 In this interview we catch up with our Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, and our Director of Finance & Risk, Laura Pool, to reflect on the June annual general meeting (AGM). They talk about the decision to not pay a dividend for 2019, how Oikocredit supports its partners during the pandemic, and more. full story

Lessening the Covid-19 impact today makes a big difference for the future [Interview]

ADominguez (1).JPGJune 30 | 2020 There has been huge interest from Oikocredit’s members and investors to know more about Oikocredit’s coronavirus solidarity fund. Here we interview Andrea Domínguez, Oikocredit’s Global Capacity Building Specialist, and find out more about the fund and how it might develop. full story

Joint Statement on Racial Justice from Oikocredit Canada and Oikocredit US

June 18 | 2020 Oikocredit Canada and Oikocredit US join our voices together to make it clear that Black Lives Matter. In an effort to be part of the solution, we commit to stand beside those who strive to be heard and seek to create a more just and equal society. full story

THE WATER MAN – part 1 of 2

Elikanah.jpgJune 18 | 2020 Written by Elikanah Ng'ang'a, Social Performance & Capacity Building Officer - Oikocredit Africa
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 writes about how the Water Man inspired him and other Oikocredit staff in the Oikocredit office in Kenya. full story

Oikocredit exits its investment in Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate

Divine exit PR.jpgJune 17 | 2020 Social impact investor Oikocredit has supported Divine since 2006 as it expanded its footprint from the United Kingdom to the USA full story

Oikocredit holds annual general meeting, members decide on dividend

asset 2.jpgJune 15 | 2020 Last week the cooperative’s 44th annual general meeting (AGM) was held in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, with members and others participating through a web-based conferencing and electronic voting system. full story

MFIs Covid-19 awareness training

ComicJune 09 | 2020 Oikocredit is supporting its partners during the pandemic with several initiatives. Maanaveeya, Oikocredit’s subsidiary in India, worked with MicroSave Consulting who developed a pamphlet to promote awareness of Covid-19 for microfinance institutions (MFI) full story

Video tour of Oikocredit’s work in Ghana

Study tour 2020.pngJune 08 | 2020 A short video is now available to provide you with insight on the work of Oikocredit in Ghana. At a time of social distancing and with few people traveling, it is useful to remind ourselves of how useful our investors find these tours. full story

Oikocredit and Kindred agree gradual winddown of GIC product offering

June 05 | 2020 After five years of successful partnership, Oikocredit and Kindred Credit Union have agreed to phase out their cooperation agreement, which saw Kindred offer Global Impact Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs) for investment in Oikocredit. full story

With Renewable Energy: an Interview with David ten Kroode

David ten Kroode - Renewable Energy Manager - Oikocredit2.jpgMay 28 | 2020 In mid-2014 Oikocredit welcomed renewable energy (RE) financing expert, David ten Kroode, to build up and manage what was then a new sector for Oikocredit: financing RE projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We spoke with David, now RE Manager at Oikocredit, about the developments of the past five years and what the future may bring. full story

Quarterly report: Withstanding the crisis

May 25 | 2020 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. full story

Learning from Leaders: a Cup of Coffee with Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe

Dr Godwin.jpgMay 11 | 2020 Challenging situations like the coronavirus require new thinking on many levels. Learning from Leaders, a Cup of Coffee with... is a new series of online encounters launched by Oikocredit International. full story

The main thing is sustainability [interview]

CPFAM-BR-23.jpgMay 08 | 2020 Aldo Risco Mejia is responsible for agriculture investments in northern South America at our Oikocredit office in Lima. We spoke with him about his practical experience of fair trade. full story

Oikocredit revised its dividend proposal for 2019 from 1% to 0%.

May 06 | 2020 Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has revised its dividend proposal for 2019 from 1% to 0%. full story

Oikocredit foundation creates coronavirus solidarity fund

Coronavirus solidarity fund item.jpgMay 05 | 2020 With more government measures in place to combat the spread of Covid-19, many small business in Africa, Asia and Latin America are struggling to find the means to comply with regulations. To support these businesses, Oikocredit’s foundation has launched a coronavirus solidarity fund. full story

Change to Oikocredit’s Managing Board

laura-pool.jpgMay 04 | 2020 Laura Pool, Director of Finance & Risk, has decided to leave Oikocredit for personal reasons to pursue a career change. She will continue in her position until the end of the year. full story

Stichting Oikocredit International Share Foundation to Postpone Reporting Annual Financial Results Due to COVID-19 Related Delays

May 01 | 2020 Toronto, ON - April 29 2020 - Stichting Oikocredit International Share Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today that due to delays to operations caused by the Covid-19 virus, it is relying on... full story

Oikocredit and other impact investors agree coronavirus coordination principles

MoU for Debt Refinancing coordination principles .pngMay 01 | 2020 Leading microfinance and impact fund managers have signed an MoU for debt refinancing coordination principles, to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. full story

Coffee, Cocoa, and the Coronavirus [Interview]

Hans PerkApril 28 | 2020 We spoke with Hans Perk, Regional Director Africa and Global Agricultural Sector Specialist, about what is working and what is not in the coffee and cocoa supply chains. How can we better make these supply chains work for the poor and vulnerable post Covid-19? full story

Impact investors jointly commit to supporting low-income communities in Covid-19 crisis

download.pngApril 14 | 2020 Together with other members of the Dutch Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) Oikocredit signed the Covid-19 Investor Statement, which has been issued by impact investors in emerging markets. full story

Social impact in the pandemic: how Oikocredit is helping partners fight back [blog]

Ging LedesmaApril 09 | 2020 As the coronavirus crisis continues to spread across the globe, Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Director of Social Performance Innovation, is helping lead Oikocredit’s rapid response to the evolving needs of our partners, going beyond the financial support we offer them. Here Ging shares the steps Oikocredit has already taken to support our partners at this critical moment, and why innovation and community are crucial in these extremely challenging times. full story

Nomination for appointment to the Supervisory Board

joseph-patterson.jpgApril 09 | 2020 Joseph Patterson has been nominated as candidate for appointment to the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit International by the Supervisory Board, to be voted on at the General Meeting of members in June. full story

Join our team!

OCSA Board 2019-2020.jpgApril 08 | 2020 Oikocredit Canada is seeking to fill upcoming vacancies on our volunteer Board of Directors with persons who are passionate about the vision, mission, and values of Oikocredit. full story

Protecting organisations against coronavirus scams – tips for partners

ilya-pavlov-OqtafYT5kTw-unsplash.jpgApril 08 | 2020 Criminals are seeking to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic, exploiting the pandemic to trick businesses via fake invoices, phishing emails and phone calls. full story

It's not just about growth [interview]

laura-pool.jpgApril 06 | 2020 Laura Pool, Director of Finance & Risk says: “It's not only about growth in the portfolio, but the quality.” In this interview she provides her insights into the financial results, reflects on Oikocredit’s development as an organisation, and talks about how these results and developments will help Oikocredit face the ongoing coronavirus crisis. full story

Indian Oikocredit subsidiary supports government relief fund for coronavirus

Photo (002).jpgApril 06 | 2020 Maanaveeya, Oikocredit’s subsidiary in India, has donated two million Indian Rupees (approximately € 24,000) to the Telangana Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on 31 March 2020 to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). full story

Protecting yourself against coronavirus scams – tips for investors

christopher-gower-m_HRfLhgABo-unsplash.jpgApril 03 | 2020 Criminals are seeking to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic, exploiting the pandemic to trick people into sharing personal or financial information via phishing emails and phone calls. full story

Oikocredit publishes its annual report for 2019

Cover Annual Report 2019 coverApril 02 | 2020 Today we published our annual report which informs investors and other stakeholders about our financial performance from the past year. full story

Message from the Managing Director: “Working together through uncertain times”

Thos-Gieskes-web.jpgMarch 26 | 2020 Thos Gieskes, Managing Director of Oikocredit, has the following message for Oikocredit’s stakeholders. full story

Oikocredit announces 2019 results and partner satisfaction [press release]

Jessy Chipindo, restaurant owner and client of Oikocredit partner Entrepreneurs Financial Centre (EFC) Zambia. March 19 | 2020 Today Oikocredit announced its annual results for 2019. The results reveal an improved financial performance and steady growth in the cooperative’s development finance portfolio. full story

Oikocredit and the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)

Thos-Gieskes-web.jpgMarch 13 | 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic develops, there is increasing uncertainty about its consequences. We’re seeing lives and livelihoods affected across the world, in both economically rich and poor countries. full story

€ 1 million investment in ACE clean cooking

African Clean Energy.jpgMarch 12 | 2020 Oikocredit has made a € 1 million loan to African Clean Energy (ACE), a Certified B Corporation and social enterprise, to support the expansion of business operations in Uganda. full story

No development without risk [interview]

Evert Ludding.JPGMarch 10 | 2020 After being a shareholder for five years, Oikocredit recently exited from the Zambian aquaculture company Yalelo. We spoke to Albert Hofsink, non-executive member of Yalelo’s board of directors, and Evert Ludding, Oikocredit’s Equity Manager. full story

On the trail of cocoa

Paul Bukuroh AppiahFebruary 19 | 2020 In west Ghana, Oikocredit’s recent study tour accompanies the cocoa farmer Paul Bukuroh Appiah to a place where chocolate has its origins. Corinna Groß, PR Officer at Oikocredit’s support association Baden-Württemberg in Germany, shares her journey with us. She brings the tour to life and sees first-hand how Oikocredit’s partner Fedco makes life a little better for the people in the small village of Pieso. full story

Fair is when all benefit

GREEN-KE-09.jpgFebruary 04 | 2020 Once a year, Oikocredit brings together a partner and investors in its annual road show. This time around, it was the turn of Athanas Matheka, co-founder of Greenforest Foods Limited in Kenya. full story