International News

Financial results for social impact [interview]

Irene van Oostwaard.jpg17 October | 2018 As Oikocredit implements its updated strategy, the cooperative continues to work with its members and investors to share the latest developments and progress being made. The worldwide cooperative’s West Germany Support Association recently sat down with Irene van Oostwaard, Director of Finance at Oikocredit, to learn more about current financial topics, as well as Irene's own insights and passion for the organisation. full story

Making a difference in Mexico: the value of investing in SMEs

Image 2 CON-MX-03.jpg10 October | 2018 Financial inclusion is Oikocredit’s largest priority sector. Through Oikocredit’s updated strategy the cooperative aims to deepen its engagement with its microfinance partners while also seeking partners beyond traditional financial institutions. Oikocredit is increasingly aiming to make an impact for the ‘missing middle’ by targeting finance to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) – like it is doing in Mexico. full story

Fintech and social impact investing in India [interview]

Arun Nayyar.jpg02 October | 2018 As part of its updated strategy, Oikocredit continues to seek partnerships beyond traditional financial institutions. Partnering with fintech companies that target underserved communities with innovative financial technologies is one way the cooperative is doing this. To learn more about the role of fintech in social impact investing, and more specifically in India, we spoke with Arun Nayyar, the CEO of Oikocredit partner NeoGrowth. full story

Oikocredit’s equity investment supports India’s agriculture value chain

Origo 1.jpeg01 October | 2018 Oikocredit has made an equity investment in Origo Commodities, a company which provides post-harvest agriculture supply chain financing and logistics solutions across 12 Indian states to over 3,500 clients, including more than 1,400 farmers. full story

Oikocredit signs Fair Trade Charter to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals

RAh__k9A.png25 September | 2018 Today, Oikocredit joined more than 250 organisations around the world in launching an International Fair Trade Charter which sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). full story

Oikocredit invests in Brazilian FinTech Avante to support one million micro-entrepreneurs by 2021

Avante photo.png06 September | 2018 Oikocredit welcomes Avante, a Brazilian FinTech that empowers micro-entrepreneurs through financial technology, to its growing FinTech portfolio. full story

Oikocredit invests in Brazilian FinTech Avante to support one million micro-entrepreneurs by 2021

06 September | 2018 6 September 2018, Amersfoort, the Netherlands / São Paulo, Brazil – Social impact investor Oikocredit has acquired a stake in Avante, a Brazilian FinTech offering financial services to micro-entrepreneurs at the base of the pyramid. full story

Oikocredit’s first off-grid solar project in Latin America to support 250,000 people

Kingo27 (1).jpg05 September | 2018 Together with Dutch development bank FMO, Oikocredit invested in Kingo, an off-grid energy supplier, to help them expand to rural areas in Guatemala. full story

Equity investment to improve lives in El Salvador

ENL-SV-17.jpg29 August | 2018 “Quitting my job at the factory was a good decision. We make a profit of US$ 300 a week…when I worked in the factory I earned US$ 60 a week.” full story

Rising to the coffee challenge: high yields, high quality and environmental sustainability

Wilson Olivera, President of Cenfrocafe (left), and Ronny García, Cenfrocafe CEO (right).22 August | 2018 “It’s not easy to grow in a sustainable way”, says Wilson Olivera, President of Peruvian coffee cooperative Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (Cenfrocafe). full story

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance releases ‘State of the Sector’ report

CSAF2018-cover.jpg08 August | 2018 Oikocredit is a member of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), which just published its annual ‘State of the Sector’ report. full story

Oikocredit article on home solar and microfinance published on NextBillion

REblog.JPG26 July | 2018 NextBillion published Oikocredit’s Renewable Energy Investment Officer, Mark Roesink’s article ‘Home Solar+Microfinance: Mitigating Risks and Maximising Rewards.’ full story

Going above and beyond: Oikocredit’s Social and Environmental Performance Report [Interview]

Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Investor Relations and Social Performance Director17 July | 2018 Oikocredit just published its latest Social and Environmental Performance Report (SEPR) showing that the worldwide cooperative surpasses the sector average for outreach to female clients. To learn more about this and other highlights in the report, and to gain a better understanding of why Oikocredit reports on its social and environmental performance, we spoke with Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Investor Relations and Social Performance Director. full story

Oikocredit surpasses sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients

MIEL-MX-30.jpg12 July | 2018 Today Oikocredit published its latest Social and Environmental Performance Report (SEPR) which shows that nearly 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations Oikocredit invests in are women, compared to the sector average of 70%. full story

Oikocredit outperforms sector in microfinance outreach to women

12 July | 2018 The social impact investor's latest Social & Environmental Performance Report also showed strong progress on indicators for renewable energy full story

Oikocredit annual general meeting takes place in India

electronic voting AGM 201822 June | 2018 Last week, Oikocredit’s annual general meeting took place in Chennai, India. full story

Oikocredit signs new guidelines on responsible digital financial inclusion

Bart-van-Eyk-web.jpg20 June | 2018 Oikocredit joined over 50 fintech investors and innovators to develop guidelines aimed at spreading the benefits of the digital financial services revolution more widely. full story

Join us in cities across Europe for a taste of Fapecafes fair trade coffee

FAPE-EC-30.jpg11 June | 2018 Oikocredit’s annual European road show kicks off 18 June in Berlin and will travel to various cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. full story

Getting together for sustainable coffee in June

COOT-CR-78.jpg06 June | 2018 Anyone for sustainably sourced coffee? You can get a taste of Oikocredit’s collaborative efforts in the sustainable coffee sector by following our coffee-themed updates which we will share with you throughout June. full story

Thos Gieskes: why we’ve updated our strategy and how we’re aiming for more impact [interview]

Thos Gieskes.jpg24 May | 2018 Last month we announced our financial results and introduced Oikocredit’s updated strategy. Our Managing Director Thos Gieskes shares more details on what’s different about the new approach, why focus is so important, and how social impact remains at Oikocredit’s heart. full story

A cool head and a warm heart: how to produce organic and fair trade honey [partner story]

MIEL-MX-23.jpg11 May | 2018 There's lots that we can learn from bees: alternative ways of working, serving the community and sharing. We talked to Luis Enrique Castañón Chavarría, Managing Director of Oikocredit’s fair trade and organic partner Miel Mexicana, about how bees cooperate, the beekeeping industry and its international customers. full story

Oikocredit invests € 1 million in clean cooking with Rwanda’s Inyenyeri, to “Leave No One Behind”

02 May | 2018 Clean fuel company Inyenyeri will use the convertible loan to reach 150,000 households by 2020. full story

Oikocredit invests € 1 million in renewable energy company Inyenyeri

Inyenyeri photo 3.jpg02 May | 2018 Today Oikocredit and Inyenyeri announced the € 1 million loan investment at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Lisbon, Portugal. full story

E-Hands: solar energy for India’s unbanked  

Solar for rural bank - Bamraha,  Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.jpg26 April | 2018 In India, some 270 million people, a fifth of the population, lack access to electricity1. Some 90% of the country’s off-grid communities are based in remote, rural areas, with many households ... full story

Oikocredit announces annual results and reveals enhanced strategy to strengthen social impact

11 April | 2018 Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit today published its annual results for 2017. Oikocredit continues to fulfil its ambition to improve the quality of life of low-income people by providing financing and capacity building support to 747 partner organisations active in inclusive finance, agriculture and renewable energy. full story

Oikocredit Annual Report and press release highlighting 2017

ar18-v1.jpg11 April | 2018 Today Oikocredit published its annual report and press release for its 2017 financial results. full story

Enhancing coffee cooperatives’ price risk management

IMG_8949.jpg29 March | 2018 From 21 February to 1 March, Oikocredit held two workshops in the Peruvian city of Jaén on price risk management (PRM) for coffee cooperatives in Peru and Colombia. full story

“Oikocredit is a frontrunner”: getting to know our director of risk

Laura Pool, director of risk at Oikocredit.jpg28 February | 2018 In December 2017, Oikocredit welcomed Laura Pool as our new director of risk and member of our managing board. We spoke to Laura about risk management, her passions and why she chose Oikocredit. full story

India summit: Putting people before profit by transforming the financial sector

ESA-IN-17.jpg22 February | 2018 Oikocredit and Maanaveeya, an Indian subsidiary of Oikocredit, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) are to co-host a summit on 23 February 2018 in Hyderabad, India to highlight the opportunities for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to become small finance banks (SFBs) whilst remaining true to their social mission. The event brings together representatives from 15 financial institutions/stakeholders across India. full story

Coffee for generations: Colombian coffee farmers’ perseverance and environmental care

RED-CO-51.jpg19 February | 2018 Oikocredit partner organisation Red Ecolsierra has enabled coffee farmers in Colombia to receive fair prices and increase the quality and quantity of production despite the violence and unrest that filled the region for decades. full story

Local presence is our strong point

Maria photo.jpg08 February | 2018 Maria Koramoa heads Oikocredit's country office in Accra, Ghana's capital, and is the deputy head of Oikocredit West Africa. As a financial expert, Maria has studied economics, sociology and education in Birmingham and the Cape Coast. She is specialised in microfinance and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. During a Skype call, Maria shared some insights into her work. full story

Oikocredit and African Guarantee Fund sign new agreement to finance SMEs

AGF and Oikocredit 529 January | 2018 On 25 January, Oikocredit signed a new agreement with African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to boost financing to microfinance institutions and agricultural and renewable energy SMEs in Africa. The signing... full story

A sweet deal in southern Colombia

CONT-CO-47.jpg24 January | 2018 When it comes to committing to a business, there’s no doubting sugar cane farmer Pedro Bastidas. When asked about the development of his enterprise, he casually states: “In 2005, I exchanged my house for a sugar factory.” full story

Video: Support for women coffee growers in Brazil

CPFAM-BR-09.jpg12 January | 2018 Oikocredit partner Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região (Coopfam) is a Brazilian coffee cooperative which is helping to empower women by supporting the production of a ... full story

Oikocredit Across Continents

Viviana and Zion.jpg07 December | 2017 Katharina Welp, communications officer at Oikocredit’s support association North East Germany in Berlin, completed a one-week exchange visit to Oikocredit’s head office in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. She met up with two colleagues from Oikocredit’s regional offices who were also in Amersfoort for an exchange. full story

‘Banking on women’: empowering Kenyan women through microfinance

KWFT-Grace.jpg28 November | 2017 “In Africa, there is nothing as important as empowering a woman. When you empower a woman, it’s as if you are empowering the whole country. KWFT is empowering me with education, with knowledge and with money.” full story

How women coffee farmers in Brazil are building economic independence

Dayany de Assis dos Santos Ferreira.jpg17 November | 2017 The Coopfam (Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região) coffee cooperative is empowering women to produce a speciality organic coffee and improve their livelihoods full story

Microfinance in action: Kick-starting a table football business

BancoPymedelaComunidad.jpg07 November | 2017 Oikocredit’s longstanding partnership with Banco Pyme de la Comunidad is enabling micro-entrepreneurs in Bolivia to build flourishing, sustainable businesses full story

Oikocredit’s new forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue

Ueli Burkhalter 20162.jpg30 October | 2017 Pastor Ueli Burkhalter is the seventh member of Oikocredit’s recently formed members' council (MC). The MC is a consultation and advisory body elected by Oikocredit’s member organisations to ... full story

Oikocredit sells stake in Financiera Confianza

24 October | 2017 Social investor Oikocredit has exited Peruvian microfinance institution Financiera Confianza for an undisclosed amount. full story