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Oikocredit looks forward to 2023 with a new capital-raising model

AGM-2019-17.jpgDecember 02 | 2022 Oikocredit is planning to introduce its new capital-raising model on 1 March 2023, to allow any eligible organisations and individuals to invest directly in the cooperative. full story

Oikocredit invests US$7 million in Solarise Africa to support affordable solar access for businesses in Africa

Solarise l.pngDecember 01 | 2022 The investment will support Solarise Africa’s solar and energy efficiency solutions for small and medium enterprises and other commercial and industrial (C&I) businesses. full story

Prioritising impact and maintaining balance: interview with Gwen van Berne

Gwen-van-Berne.jpgNovember 28 | 2022 Gwen van Berne joined Oikocredit as Director of Finance & Risk in May 2022. In this interview, she shares a bit about herself, her new role and the cooperative’s latest quarterly financial report. full story

Oikocredit invests in Ivorian fintech Djamo to support its growth and expansion in francophone West Africa

Djamologo.jpgNovember 23 | 2022 Oikocredit and other investors will assist the fast-growing fintech in offering affordable financial services to many more financially excluded people. full story

Q3 2022 quarterly report: Moving in the right direction

CRES-BR- (8) (2).jpgNovember 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 third quarter of 2022. full story

Mobilising investments in water and sanitation | Interview with Josien Sluijs

Josien Sluijs.jpgNovember 14 | 2022 Oikocredit has signed a two-year partnership with Aqua for All to mobilise investments in water and sanitation – an area that Oikocredit is exploring as part of its 2022-2026 strategy. We recently sat down with Aqua for All’s Managing Director, Josien Sluijs, to talk about the partnership with the foundation and to understand more about the sector. full story

Oikocredit invests US$ 1,000,000 in Standard Life Organisation to support low-income entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Logo Standard Life.jpgNovember 10 | 2022 Three-year term loan will support Nigerian NGO and microfinance institution’s work with low-income women, men and children full story

Aqua for All interviews Oikocredit’s Managing Director on new partnership

aqua for all web asset.pngNovember 01 | 2022 Oikocredit and Aqua for All joined forces to help increase access to water and sanitation in Asia and Africa. In this interview, Aqua for All sits down with Mirjam 't Lam, Oikocredit's Managing Director, to discuss the new partnership and how it can help impact low-income communities. full story

Oikocredit paves way for new capital-raising model

AGM-2019-17.jpgOctober 31 | 2022 Under the new model, Oikocredit would issue participations instead of shares. Canadian investors would see their existing investments transferred to the new model in two phases. full story

A better world for women entrepreneurs in Côte d’Ivoire: Marina’s story

FIN-CI-31.jpgOctober 12 | 2022 In Côte d’Ivoire, women suffer extremely high levels of discrimination. Whether it’s access to education, healthcare, jobs or financial inclusion, they are constantly faced with inequality issues.... full story

Dave Smit appointed as Director of Impact Investments at Oikocredit

Dave Smit webversion.jpgOctober 10 | 2022 Social impact investor Oikocredit has appointed Dave Smit as its Director of Impact Investments, effective 10 October 2022. full story

Farmerline Group reaches Pre-Series A second close with US$ 1.5 million from Oikocredit in funding round worth US$ 14.4 million

Farmerline1.jpgSeptember 26 | 2022 Oikocredit is delighted to announce an investment of US$ 1.5 million in Farmerline Group, an organisation partnering with agribusinesses and farm associations to support African farmers with ... full story

Rebuilding and rebalancing: Oikocredit publishes Impact Report 2022

IR2022 eng cover.jpgSeptember 21 | 2022 Oikocredit publishes its Impact Report 2022 full story

Oikocredit to hold Extraordinary General Meeting on 14 October 2022

EGM image smallSeptember 19 | 2022 Oikocredit’s Managing Board and Supervisory Board have announced an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to be held with its cooperative members on Friday, 14 October 2022. There will also be a ... full story

Dave Smit appointed as Director of Impact Investments at Oikocredit

Dave Smit webversion.jpgSeptember 13 | 2022 Social impact investor Oikocredit has appointed Dave Smit as its Director of Impact Investments, effective 10 October 2022. full story

Caroline Mulwa appointed as Regional Director for Africa

Caroline Mulwa.JPGAugust 29 | 2022 Experienced impact investment professional Caroline Mulwa promoted to Regional Director Africa from 16 August 2022. full story

Q2 2022 quarterly report: Mixed outcomes as economic uncertainty persists

CRE-BO-24 (1).jpgAugust 23 | 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 second quarter of 2022. full story

Changing our world view | Why Oikocredit is switching to the Gall-Peters projection map

map snippet.jpgAugust 19 | 2022 In this blog, Nina Alff, from Oikocredit Support Association Baden-Württemberg, explains why Oikocredit has decided to switch to the Gall-Peters projection of the world map. full story

Reflecting on 2022: 3 Articles to re-read this Summer

3ArticlesToRe-Read.pngAugust 10 | 2022 Oikocredit has stayed busy this year. As we continue developing and implementing our 2022 – 2026 strategy under the direction of our recently formed Executive Committee, let us reflect on the progress we made so far. full story

Oikocredit invests € 2.7 million in Africa Negoce Industries to support Benin cashew value chain

Logo ANI.jpgJuly 25 | 2022 The loan to the cashew processing company will sustain up to 500 jobs and support the work of 2500 cashew producers in Benin full story

Oikocredit and ElectriFI support off-grid power for low-income Kenyans with Solar Panda

Logo SP.jpgJuly 06 | 2022 The new partnership will help sustain in-country growth of clean, safe and affordable domestic electricity. full story

Oikocredit strengthens leadership with new Executive Committee

Executive Team galleryJuly 01 | 2022 The new committee comprises existing Managing Board members and newly appointed directors and will oversee implementation of the cooperative’s 2022-2026 strategy full story

Oikocredit supports new coffee platform for impact lenders

Beyco.jfifJune 29 | 2022 Oikocredit is among the first impact lenders active on Beyco, a coffee trading platform based on blockchain technology launched by non-profit organisation Progreso Foundation in 2018. full story

Oikocredit teams up with DFC, Norfund and responsAbility on a financing vehicle investment to ‘impact millions'

d.light logoJune 17 | 2022 The new financing vehicle is the largest off-balance-sheet financing facility of its kind in the industry and will pave the way for d.light to sustainably expand its PayGo operations across Africa. full story

Oikocredit holds 46th annual general meeting

46th AGM asset.pngJune 15 | 2022 On 09 June 2022, Oikocredit held its annual general meeting (AGM) in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, with members and others joining and participating through a web-based conferencing and electronic voting system. full story

New Aqua for All and Oikocredit partnership to invest in community water and sanitation

Aqua for All logo PNG.pngJune 14 | 2022 Collaboration will develop innovative and affordable financing solutions for water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa and Asia. full story

Cultivating cotton for communities

IVO-CI-13.jpgJune 02 | 2022 The cultivation of cotton by West African communities has brought better infrastructure¹, more job opportunities and is an essential export of the region. But the crop’s greatest contribution is ... full story

Q1 2022 quarterly report: International events influence results

Ivoire Coton.jpgMay 30 | 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 first quarter of 2022. full story

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