Posts about financial inclusion

Blog posts from Oikocredit UK

  1. ‘A year ago, having a TV was a distant': How affordable, solar power is bringing small home appliances to families in Africa

    6 October 2017 at 16:51 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    Johan Elsen, managing director of Oikocredit Belgium, visits Ghana to see the positive social and economic impact of affordable, solar energy on low-income families.

    Seamstress, Veronica, employee of Helen Tetteh: Working in a micro business that is now powered by award-winning PEG solar technology.  Photograph: Capture Ghana.

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  2. The tea estates being revitalised in the mountains of Darjeeling

    29 August 2017 at 18:52 - by Monica Middleton, Archie Pearson - 0 comments

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    In northern India, the Ambootia Tea Group (DOTEPL) is using social impact investment to boost financial security and improve the livelihoods of its employees.

    Tea pickers from Oikocredit social enterprise partner, Ambootia.  Darjeeling India. Photograph: Opmeer Reports.

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  3. Egyptian social enterprise addresses gender equality at its roots

    15 May 2017 at 11:15 - by Archie Pearson - 0 comments

    Co-operative, Sekem, uses impact investing to support rural farming communities and provide education for smallholders, with a focus on gender parity

    Carpentry lessons open to local women at Oikocredit partner, SEKEM, Egypt.  Photograph: Oikocredit

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  4. One family's entrepreneurial journey out of poverty using social impact investing

    30 March 2017 at 22:28 - by Monica Middleton - 0 comments

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    One in four of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas, often relying on a few staple crops to meet their daily needs and generate a small income.  They are also more likely to be affected by climate change since many scientists believe it to be responsible for the unpredictable, extreme droughts and rains that destroy harvests and lives.  Since these rural communities have limited access to finance and technical support to build their smallholdings and create greater resilience, they rarely attain the economic empowerment they need to break free from the poverty cycle.

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