Building communities through co-operatives

Oikocredit values community and equal rights in its own operations and partners with many co-operatives that contribute to the development of local communities and economies. We invest in agricultural, clothing, savings and other co-operatives, supporting employment, food security and empowerment of women.

The cooperative spirit

Co-operatives are member-owned, autonomous associations that enable individuals and communities to help themselves through economic activity. Core principles of co-operatives include:

  • voluntary and open membership
  • democratic member control
  • autonomy and independence
  • education, training and information
  • concern for community

Oikocredit is itself a co-operative, one of the few internationally-operating co-operatives, with almost 600 members from all over the world.

The very essence of Oikocredit is its co-operative spirit, which has brought together thousands of citizens from around the world to work toward financial inclusion and international development.

Mobilizing communities

The co-operatives Oikocredit invests in play an essential role in enabling individuals and communities to become involved, respected and valued. Our co-operative partners build not just business opportunities, but services like education and health care.

By taking joint action, individuals benefit both themselves and their communities.