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  1. Poverty and psychology

    25 November 2014 at 10:27 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    Economist and blogger Sanne Blauw regularly writes about microeconomics, development economics and psychology. On her own blog, 'Out of the Blauw' ('Blauw means 'blue' in Dutch), she has written about a lesser-known impact of poverty: on psychology.

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  2. Investment always comes with responsibility

    11 November 2014 at 11:30 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    Eugene Ellmen, responsible investment pioneer and national director of Oikocredit Canada, has co-authored a blog post about the wake-up call that the struggle against the  apartheid regime in South Africa sounded for all those who put their money in investments.

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  3. Would you recognise opportunity in West-Africa?

    4 November 2014 at 11:03 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    Zian Lou Bonan is a vendor selling various fruits and vegetables at the Cocovico market in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

    The region we call 'West-Africa' is larger than the EU. Mariam Dao Gabala, who has been its regional manager for Oikocredit, talks about local conditions, challenges and opportunities.

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  4. "Take care. There are people in your shopping basket"

    17 October 2014 at 16:17 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    Last week I attended a conference for the Association of Provincial Bursars, which gathers together the financial decision-makers and influencers overseeing the good works of the various Church provinces (domestic and international). And this week I attended the 20th anniversary celebration event of Fairtrade in the UK.

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  5. Oikocredit signs the Global Investor Statement on climate change

    22 September 2014 at 15:15 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    Over on our international website, our managing director, David Woods, has written a blog post about the UN's Climate Summit in New York.

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  6. Let Good Things Grow…

    6 August 2014 at 13:04 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    Organic, Fairtrade bananas from Oikocredit Enterprise Partner APPBOSA, Piura, Peru, June 2014

    I am heartened by the UK trend towards investing in Goodness - where individual and organisational investors get more than just a financial return on their investments for profit, people and planet.

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  7. If only all AGMs would kick off with a sort of “Thought for the Day”

    19 June 2014 at 09:30 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    The oldest catholic church in Peru - the Iglesia of San Lucas in Colán, 1536

    In the far northwest corner of Peru, in the town of Piura and its surrounding drought-ridden Pacific region, I attend my first AGM for Oikocredit - a social investment cooperative nearing its fortieth year of generating and measuring joint financial-social (and increasingly environmental) investments to help previously financially excluded groups achieve sustainable self-sufficiency.

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  8. From Bolivia to Peru: pulling focus on impact investment and social enterprise

    13 June 2014 at 09:42 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    South America – a continent much in need of responsible, impact investment to help previously financially excluded people reach economic self-reliance.  It is also the focus of my recent travels to see the grassroots work of Oikocredit’s South American partners in this space…

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  9. Day #5: “Village Banking” shifts food from streets to stalls

    28 May 2014 at 09:34 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    Wherever I’ve travelled in the developing world it has never ceased to amaze me how food-vendors crop up on the side of the road, selling (and often whipping up) drinks and delicacies in front of my eyes. However, attractive though this proposition may be to the passer-by in need of sustenance, I can’t imagine that it’s much fun for the vendor who has to squat in the dirt, in the searing heat, from dawn until dusk to provide a pittance for themselves and their family.

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  10. Day #4: From Brooms & Bare Hands to 'Suited & Booted' with Wheelie-bins

    23 May 2014 at 13:33 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    Many Bolivian women earn a simple wage working for local municipals, cleaning the streets and common land with their rakes, brooms and bare hands. That’s until FUNBODEM - a microfinance partner of Oikocredit - dedicated to the development of disadvantaged Bolivian women, encouraged some of these women in semi-urban areas to form themselves into four groups of between 30-50 people, mainly comprising friends and family. 

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