Blog posts from Oikocredit UK
According to UN estimates, the world population is expected to grow from about seven billion currently to more than nine billion by 2050. This means that farmers around the world are going to have to produce a lot more food, while limiting their impact on land, water and the global climate.
Oikocredit Agricultural Partner, Union communale des Producteurs d'Ananas d'Alladal, Benin, Africa (UPCA-A) Photograph: Nicolas Villaume
‘A year ago, having a TV was a distant': How affordable, solar power is bringing small home appliances to families in Africa
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.
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.
Demand for electricity in Ghana is ever-growing but the grid can be unreliable. Renewable energy providers such as PEG are helping fill the gaps
Micro-entrepreneurs and their families are benefiting from clean, affordable renewable energy, thanks to Oikocredit partner, PEG. Photograph: Capture Ghana
From financial exclusion, to tiny shop, to multiple businesses
Written by: Blanca Méndez, Oikocredit International
The Philippines 2017. Teresa Tomaro, “Dungganon” group member of the Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation; and Blanca Méndez from Oikocredit International. Photograph: Nicolas Villaume.
Caroline Mulwa, Oikocredit Kenya Country Manager, speaking about East African women at the 2016 Africa Impact Investing Leaders Forum, highlighted that: “88% of Africa’s female population live in rural areas; 70% of agricultural labour is provided by women; 90% of all food is produced by women, but women own less than 2% of the land. Yet women have a significant, measurable, positive impact on small business ventures, local communities and families. And they have been proven to reduce investment risks, which is why Oikocredit lends much of its institutional and individual investors’ capital to social enterprises that support women”.
The Philippines is the world’s third highest risk area for natural disasters. Frequent typhoons and cyclones bring excessive rain and wind, threatening the livelihoods of around 60% of the poorest groups who tend to live in rural communities and must also contend with rising sea levels, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.