Reflecting on 2018 and looking forward
Oikocredit International Newsletter
January 2019

Targeting even stronger social impact

The start of a new year presents an opportunity for self-reflection. Our Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, looks back 2018 and offers a financial outlook for 2019 for Oikocredit in this article.

Now, with the year well underway, our renewed strategy is the framework around which we’re shaping our organisation. We’re highlighting our new Vision & Strategy document in this newsletter as essential reading for all Oikocredit’s stakeholders.

Social impact remains firmly at the heart of our work, as this newsletter’s stories from India and Peru attest. In an interview with our Director of Investments, Bart van Eyk, you can read about how we’re making changes to our regional set-up to create even stronger social impact.

We look forward to continuing with you on the journey towards a successful and sustainable future, and to delivering on Oikocredit’s important mission for many years to come.


Oikocredit's updated strategy

We recently published our updated Vision and Strategy 2018-2022 which sets out our strategic ambitions and direction for the future development of Oikocredit. One of our key objectives is to maximise social impact.

Read more

A new operating model

We interviewed Oikocredit’s Director of Investments, Bart van Eyk to find out more about the changes taking place as a result of our updated strategy, and how the new regional set-up will enable us to better serve our partners and enhance our social impact. 

Read the interview

Seeing social impact first-hand

During the recent study tour to Peru, our group of investors, staff and volunteers met some very inspiring people. One example is Dimas Morales, a chicken farmer and client of our partner ProEmpresa, who has grown her business despite challenging circumstances.

Read Dimas' story

Market access for farmers in India

Oikocredit partner Y-Cook produces healthy, fresh and ready-to-eat food products. The company sources produce from 1,300 smallholder farmers, one of whom is Krishna Muthy (header image, right). “Before we worked with Y-Cook we didn’t grow sweet corn. With corn we now have fixed prices, which are much better,” he says.

Read about Y-Cook
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