Building organisational resilience in turbulent times
Oikocredit International Newsletter
January 2017

Building resilience and facing change: Oikocredit supports its partners through turbulent times

Over the past years, several of the regions where Oikocredit works with partners have experienced natural disasters or political upheaval. How do partners bounce back after such events and how does Oikocredit help them to increase their capacity to respond and adapt?

This edition features our work in Ukraine during the country’s period of political conflict, in Ecuador, after an earthquake devastated a cocoa-producing region and a study tour of the Philippines where investors witnessed our disaster management programme in action. It also presents a message for 2017 from Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s interim managing director.


Ging Ledesma’s New Year letter

Oikocredit’s interim managing director shares her vision and hopes for 2017 and the continuation of Oikocredit’s role in empowering people and building a better global society.

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Ecuador: Rebuilding and refinancing cocoa producers

Following last April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, two of Oikocredit’s cocoa-producing partners were faced with damaged crops, warehouses and homes. Oikocredit teamed up with other organizations to provide support.

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Ukraine: Supporting smallholders during turbulent times

Ukraine country manager Svitlana Zubrytska recounts the effects of political upheaval and an economic downturn on the country’s credit unions and how Oikocredit helped them overcome these challenges.

Read the interview

Philippines: Read our blogs from the study tour

For the past three years, Oikocredit has been running a Disaster Risk Reduction & Management programme in the Philippines. This week investors are visiting the country to see first-hand the programme in action.

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Pictured is Vadim Lukianov, a farm owner in Kostogryzovo, Ukraine supported by loans from Oikocredit partner Gromada.The local Oikocredit office supported the credit union during the political upheaval.

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