International News

World Fair Trade Day: Celebrating Oikocredit’s partners across the globe

manos 2.jpg12 May | 2017 Fair trade is defined as ‘a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices.’ full story

Kompanion Bank blends capital and business knowledge to create self-sustainable futures

KOMP-KG-39-cropped.jpg26 April | 2017 Kompanion Bank was established in 2004 to provide loans to small scale farmers, livestock herders and shepherds in Kyrgyzstan. It has been an Oikocredit partner since 2007. However, Kompanion is a bank with a difference because it not only provides micro loans to its clients but also offers them free business development training and technical assistance in order to promote sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. full story

Investing in healthcare and education

Sanatorio 9 de Julio's emergency and intensive care unit.jpg07 April | 2017 Besides Oikocredit’s focus areas of inclusive finance, agriculture, renewable energy and Africa, we finance partners that provide health and educational services in low-income communities, for example in Argentina. full story

Oikocredit Annual Report 2016: Diversifying for our Future

Annual reports 2016 - holding hands04 April | 2017 Oikocredit's Annual Report for 2016 is now online. The Annual Report provides an update on our operations and performance, including recent developments in our focus areas of inclusive finance, agriculture, renewable energy and Africa. full story

Cooperatives, banking and development economics: Thos Gieskes’ path to Oikocredit

Thos Gieskes V2.jpg03 April | 2017 Today Thos Gieskes joins Oikocredit as our new managing director. With a background in development economics and over 30 years in leadership at a cooperative bank, Thos is excited about the new role with an organization he believes in. full story

Oikocredit and IDB help Latin American farmers combat volatile coffee prices

Coffee beans29 March | 2017 Oikocredit has teamed with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Fair Trade USA, Keurig Green Mountain and Catholic Relief Services for a unique three-year capacity building project to support smallholder coffee farmers facing volatile markets. full story

Oikocredit surpasses € 1 billion development financing milestone in 2016

22 March | 2017 Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Today social investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit published its financial results for 2016, revealing a development financing portfolio of €1,047.2 million, up 16% on 2015. full story

Oikocredit exceeds € 1 billion in financing to partner organizations

PUNAM-INDIA-24.jpg22 March | 2017 Today Oikocredit announced its annual results at a press conference in Frankfurt, Germany. The cooperative achieved another successful year in financing its partner organizations to improve the quality of life of people in low-income countries. full story

From good intentions to a sustainable future

Client outcomes programme in Nicaragua01 March | 2017 Oikocredit is not simply committed to delivering microfinance to clients in developing regions, it is also dedicated to ensuring that its clients have a sustainable future. Our capacity building programme focused on client outcomes is key to achieving this aim. full story

Transforming tea estates and impacting lives in northern India [part 2]

AMBO-IN-15.jpg21 February | 2017 Oikocredit’s investment enabled Darjeeling Organic Tea Estates Private Limited (DOTEPL) to buy three tea estates in Darjeeling, northern India; among them are Rangaroon and Pandam. full story

Transforming tea estates and impacting lives in northern India [part 1]

AMBO-IN-23.jpg21 February | 2017 Deep in the northern mountains of India, lies Darjeeling, a region known for producing the best designated teas. What makes that perfect cup of steaming Darjeeling possible, are the thousands of people working on tea estates. full story

Thos Gieskes appointed as managing director of Oikocredit

07 February | 2017 Amersfoort – the Netherlands. Social investor Oikocredit today announced that it will welcome Thos Gieskes as its new managing director as of April 2017. full story

Oikocredit appoints new managing director

Thos Gieskes V2.jpg07 February | 2017 Thos Gieskes will be welcomed as managing director of Oikocredit on 3 April 2017. full story

Major agricultural lenders affirm shared environmental and social principles

06 February | 2017 Nairobi, Kenya — Oikocredit and eight other Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) announced at their regional meeting that they have formally adopted a set of jointly developed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles. full story

Video featuring solar power solutions in India

2227-pepl-in-1500pxs-01.jpg02 February | 2017 Punam Energy Private Limited (PEPL), based in Kolkata, is the commercial offshoot of the NGO SwitchON. All of its products are marketed under the brand name ONergy. The NGO has been instrumental ... full story

Oikocredit in Africa: Decisions are a matter of good relationships

PicJudyYvesOnly.jpg31 January | 2017 As the crow flies, it is 4,599 kilometres between the offices of Judy Ngarachu in Nairobi, Kenya, and Yves Komaclo in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The two regional directors represent Oikocredit on the east-west axis of the continent, with five Oikocredit offices in West Africa and four in East Africa. We spoke with them about what unifies and differentiates their work in Oikocredit’s priority region. full story

Supporting smallholder farmers during Ukraine’s turbulent times

20160630_Svitlana_137.jpg12 January | 2017 Getting access to loans has been a challenge for smallholder farmers in Ukraine for several decades. Since the agrarian reforms following the country’s independence from Russia in 1991, mainstream investors have favoured large-scale agricultural production. full story

Investors and volunteers visit our partners in the Philippines

ASHI-PH-32.jpg05 January | 2017 Oikocredit’s annual study tour offers first-hand insight into our work full story

The rebuilding and refinancing of Ecuador’s devastated cocoa producers

FORTA-EC-02.jpg19 December | 2016 Last April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador particularly affected communities living in the coastal area where the fair-trade cocoa growers’ associations Fortaleza del Valle and FONMSOEAM operate. full story

Video featuring support for Rwanda's booming coffee sector

Rwanda coffee film.PNG01 December | 2016 Rusizi Specialty Coffee (RSC) is a coffee export company based in the district of Rusizi, in south-west Rwanda. Rusizi Speciality Coffee works with 2,000 smallholder farmers and three coffee cooperatives to produce high-quality coffee. full story

Improving the lives of people in rural areas through peanut farming

GREEN-KE-07.jpg01 December | 2016 Athanas Matheka, founder and CEO of Greenforest Foods Limited, a Kenyan company that produces honey and nuts, is using peanuts to improve the lives of families in Kenya’s rural areas and to reduce resource-centred conflict. Yes, Peanuts. full story

Oikocredit boosts stake in Bolivia’s Banco Fie

24 November | 2016 The capital increase more than doubles the social investor’s equity stake in this leading Latin American microfinance institution. full story

Oikocredit increases equity stake in Bolivian MFI

0297-bancofie-bo-1500px-02.jpg24 November | 2016 Oikocredit has more than doubled its investment in Banco Fie, a leading microfinance bank with a strong commitment to financial inclusion in Bolivia. Banco Fie has been a partner of Oikocredit’s ... full story

Oikocredit, Triodos Investment Management and Fidosa invest in Guatemalan hydropower

Ixtal hydropower plant Guatemala 0123 November | 2016 Social investor Oikocredit, impact investor Triodos Investment Management and Guatemalan bank Grupo Financiero de Occidente (Fidosa) have teamed up to provide financing worth USD 8.20 million for two run-of-the-river hydroelectric plants in the San Marcos department of Guatemala. full story

Oikocredit and USAID launch partnership to advance agriculture in West Africa

wages-togo-nv-pressrelease17November.jpg17 November | 2016 Oikocredit today announced that it is teaming up with USAID to finance West Africa’s agricultural sector. Oikocredit will provide loans to small and medium-sized enterprises, cooperatives and associations in agricultural value chains, backed up by a USAID guarantee facility. full story

USAID and Oikocredit join forces to bring financing to agriculture in West Africa

17 November | 2016 A new USAID facility of up to US $ 24 million will guarantee Oikocredit loans to smallholder farmers in cashew, fruit and cereal value chains. full story

Oikocredit launches banking partnership with social bank ABS in Switzerland

ABS-OI-CH-photo.jpg16 November | 2016 Oikocredit and the Alternative Bank Switzerland (ABS) have teamed up to launch a new savings product: the ‘Oikocredit Förderkonto’, a savings account to support people in developing countries. The... full story

Desert Land Blooms Again

SEKEM-EG-42.jpg03 November | 2016 Forty years ago, the idea of bio-dynamic farming at the edge of the Egyptian desert within a socially responsible business model seemed an unlikely prospect. SEKEM, founded in 1977, has turned what was once a dream into reality. full story

Oikocredit supports expansion of home solar in West Africa with PEG Ghana

03 November | 2016 Financing from Oikocredit, responsAbility and SunFunder will support PEG’s goal of supplying 500,000 households with off-grid energy by 2020 full story

Oikocredit supports expansion of home solar in West Africa

Using light for studies03 November | 2016 Oikocredit has made its first renewable energy investment in West Africa by providing financing to PEG Ghana, a supplier of solar home systems to low-income and rural communities. full story

Appointment of Managing Director

Appointment details MD.JPG31 October | 2016 Oikocredit is looking for a Managing Director for its head office in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. full story

Towards Sustainable Development

Marilou Pantua-Juanito17 October | 2016 Oikocredit and the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Perspectives and challenges – taking the Philippines as an example /a series of talks by Marilou Pantua-Juanito from Quezon City (the Philippines). full story

Inspired by the power of people

Hann Verheijen (landscape)03 October | 2016 On 1 October 2016 Hann Verheijen joined Oikocredit International as our new credit director. Hann is no stranger to our work, having been director of Oikocredit Nederland for the past four years. We asked Hann for his thoughts about the journey that has brought him to Oikocredit, his new role and what lies ahead. full story

Oikocredit appoints Hann Verheijen as credit director

15 September | 2016 Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Social investor Oikocredit today announced that Hann Verheijen will become its new credit director with effect from 1 October. He will oversee Oikocredit’s lending to partner organizations in over 70 countries. In carrying out his new role, Verheijen will take a seat on Oikocredit’s managing board in Amersfoort. full story

Hann Verheijen appointed as credit director

Hann Verheijen (landscape)15 September | 2016 On 1 October, Hann Verheijen will take up the role of credit director, and join Oikocredit’s managing board. full story

Video featuring support for small-scale enterprises in rural Bolivia

bolivia-video.jpg25 August | 2016 Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Pequeña Unidad Productiva (IDEPRO) is a Bolivian microfinance institution (MFI) that mixes conventional microfinance services with consultancy and advice to small and medium enterprises and selected production chains. IDEPRO’s clients mostly live in rural or semi-urban areas of Bolivia, and are active in trade, production, farming, and other small-scale enterprises. full story

Financial access and opportunity in Ecuador

Daquilema 1.jpg01 August | 2016 In 1978 Oikocredit made its very first loan to a non-profit organization working with farmers in Ecuador. Since then, Oikocredit has grown its portfolio in Ecuador significantly, with loans and investments in the country currently standing at € 49 million to almost 30 partners. full story

Agricultural Alliance, CSAF, reaches two million smallholder farmers with nearly $600M in credit

Ambootia.jpg12 July | 2016 After two years since the establishment of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), its members continue to grow their lending and reach to small farmers and their communities. CSAF... full story

CONCRECES: A sombrero business that supports its people

concreces.jpg08 July | 2016 In the Mexican state of Oaxaca, almost half the population works in the primary sector, with limited access to banks or financial institutions. Many small entrepreneurs struggle to obtain finance for their businesses. This is where Oikocredit partner, Unión de Crédito Concreces SA de CV (known as CONCRECES) plays a valuable role. CONCRECES is a well-established credit union supporting micro and small enterprises in Oaxaca and, to a smaller extent, in other states. full story

Interview with Oikocredit's country manager for Mexico

Carlos Rius.jpg04 July | 2016 Carlos Rius, Oikocredit’s country manager for Mexico, was interviewed about Oikocredit’s activities in Mexico and how working with credit unions has become a focal point for the country’s investment strategy. full story