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Oikocredit invites members to Annual General Meeting in June

AGM45thSocialMediaAsset.PNGMay 16 | 2022 Every year in June, Oikocredit holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year it will be held as a hybrid meeting in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, on 9 June 2022. full story

Celebrating 15 years with Oikocredit: interview with Caroline Mulwa

Caroline Mulwa1 - SMALLVERSION.jpgMay 11 | 2022 Caroline Mulwa, Oikocredit’s Investments Manager East Africa, celebrates 15 years with our cooperative this year. We took the opportunity to ask Caroline about her experience of working with us for the last decade and a half, the changes she has seen and the relevance and impact of our work. full story

Oikocredit supports digital financial services in Latin America

bankingly.pngMay 09 | 2022 Oikocredit has acquired a minority stake in Bankingly as part of a funding round for USD 10 million full story

Reflecting and pushing forward for impact: blog by Mirjam 't Lam

Mirjam 't Lam.jpgMay 02 | 2022 As our cooperative recently published its annual results for 2021 our Managing Director Mirjam ‘t Lam shares her thoughts about some of the key highlights and challenges of the year and provides insight into the new strategy for 2022-2026. full story

Financial results for 2021: achievement and recovery

Financial results 2021April 21 | 2022 Oikocredit has today announced its financial results for 2021 and reports on a successful year of rebuilding and rebalancing after the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. full story

Q4 2021 quarterly report: Achievement and recovery

Untitled design (7).pngApril 21 | 2022 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 fourth quarter of 2021. full story

Gwen van Berne appointed as Director of Finance & Risk

Gwen-van-Berne.jpgApril 19 | 2022 Gwen van Berne has been appointed as Director of Finance & Risk from 9 May 2022. full story

Impacting investing in West Africa [interview]

YvesApril 14 | 2022 Oikocredit’s support associations in the United States and Canada recently met (virtually) with Yves Komaclo, Oikocredit’s Investment Manager for West Africa, to get his perspective on our work in West Africa. This article is based on the conversation that took place. full story

Latest investment to power West African communities with solar energy

Renewable energy.jpgApril 12 | 2022 Oikocredit invests € 1.4 million in Weziza Benin to support the growth of distributed energy in West Africa. full story

A cooperative caring for local communities: Simone and Jonas' story

Simone and Jonas in their greenhouseMarch 28 | 2022 Oikocredit’s team in Brazil is passionate about investing in cooperatives that have strong ties to local communities. To help explain why, we’re introducing you to Cresol Tenente Portela and some of their clients. full story

Cool concepts for rural energy [interview]

Vivek and Kiran (RE).pngMarch 14 | 2022 Solar cold storage is just one of the products that Oikocredit's new Indian partner, Ecozen Solutions, uses to improve agriculture. The world’s seventh largest country needs innovative solutions to meet its rapidly growing energy demand. Kiran Kodi, Renewable Energy Manager at Maanaveeya, Oikocredit's Indian subsidiary, and Vivek Pandey, co-founder of Ecozen, explain that the aim of their partnership is to ensure that farmers and entire value chains also benefit from innovative renewable energy solutions. full story

Empowering low-income women is at the heart of Oikocredit’s mission [interview]

Marilou Juanito.jpegMarch 08 | 2022 To mark International Women’s Day 2022, we asked Marilou Pantua-Juanito, Oikocredit’s Capacity Building & Social Performance Coordinator in Southeast Asia, about working with Oikocredit for women’s empowerment. full story

Journey of the heart: the impact of seedlings for years to come

Elikanah photo Part 2-2.jpgMarch 03 | 2022 In part two of this blog, Elikanah Ng'ang'a, Oikocredit’s Social Performance and Capacity Building Officer for Eastern Africa, reflects on the transformation of Rwanda and the Rwanda Tea Seedlings Project. full story

Journey of the heart: visiting the Rwanda Tea Seedlings Project

Elikanah Ng'ang'aFebruary 28 | 2022 In this blog, Oikocredit’s Social Performance and Capacity Building Officer for Eastern Africa, Elikanah Ng'ang'a, takes us on a journey from his home in Kenya to Rwanda and reports on Oikocredit’s Rwanda Tea Seedlings Project. full story

Proud to have worked for Oikocredit [interview]

Bart-van-Eyk-web.jpgFebruary 08 | 2022 After over six years at Oikocredit, Bart van Eyk, Director of Investments, is leaving to explore new ventures in the world of impact investing and social enterprises. In this interview he shares about his highlights, challenges, learnings and more. full story

Oikocredit and Opportunity International collaboration will support affordable quality education for under-served families [interview]

Hans_1697_web.jpgJanuary 31 | 2022 Oikocredit has been working with stakeholders to develop a new multi-year strategy for launch later in 2022 with an innovative approach to meeting low-income communities’ needs in education, housing, health and public infrastructure. In November 2021 we launched a new education partnership with Opportunity International in Nairobi, Kenya, attended by more than 30 financial institutions. We recently interviewed Hans Perk, Oikocredit’s Regional Director Africa, about the new venture. full story

€ 5 million loan to power African SMEs with solar energy

ecoligo Solar System Kenya.jpgJanuary 25 | 2022 Oikocredit has provided Ecoligo with a € 5 million loan to grow the use of solar energy used to power small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana and Kenya full story

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