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  1. How our first development loan in 1978 looks today

    19 March 2015 at 23:56 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    In India, around 300 million of its 1.2 billion inhabitants live below the $1.25 a day poverty line. When Oikocredit began operations 40 years ago, the number was almost the same, with around 320 million people living below the poverty line. In 1978, India’s mortality rate was estimated at 14.2%*. In this context, Oikocredit granted its first ever loan in India to finance housing loans for low-income earners in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu.

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  2. It’s the context that matters

    12 February 2015 at 11:30 - by Valeer Damen - 0 comments

    What beats people-watching? People-watching-people-watching-people. 

    Having a layover at Dubai Airport en route to India for my first time means I get to see humanity in all its diversity in an exciting new place. However, as soon as I start expecting to be surprised, I realise you would see exactly the same on any Saturday in Amsterdam:  women in full traditional dress, hand in hand with husbands; men in faded T-shirts; women in leggings and halter neck tops, and men with traditional head-dress and ankle-length robes.  As I stand around and watch for a little while, I notice all of us watching one another. And, occasionally I catch the smiles, particularly at one another’s children…because everyone seems to smile where children are concerned.

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  3. Oikocredit: Then and Now

    9 February 2015 at 13:30 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    This year Oikocredit celebrates its 40th anniversary as a cooperative - 40 years of lending investors’ capital to partner organisations, in order to help disadvantaged people in developing countries build their businesses, support their families, sustain their communities and help protect the planet.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Day #5: “Village Banking” shifts food from streets to stalls

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

    Food stalls

    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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  7. 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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  8. Day #3: “Pachamama and Sustainable Community Living in Bolivia”

    23 May 2014 at 13:10 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

    Eggs – packed and distributed to local supermarkets

    Pachamama is the term used by the Andean people to represent Mother Earth or Gaia.  It is at the heart of the operating philosophy of Fundación Colonia Piraí (FCP), which has received €140,000 direct funding from Oikocredit to date - thanks to investments from private individuals and organisations.

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  9. Day #2: “By raising the income of a woman you raise the income of her family”

    16 May 2014 at 10:53 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    Borrowed from the old adage “by educating a woman you educate her family”, both these phrases are the fervent belief of President Lic. V. Vitty Arano De Rodriguez and Treasurer Lic. Susana Moreno Velasco, Director of the FUNBODEM Bolivian Foundation for the Development of Women.

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  10. Day #1: A husband & wife, 7 hectares, a machete, and a $200 loan

    14 May 2014 at 09:40 - by Monica Middleton - 2 comments

    Oikocredit partner Fondeco

    Our Oikocredit study group heads north-west from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, following the road towards our rural destination, Yapacani.

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