Oikocredit International Newsletter
Oikocredit International Newsletter
November 2020

Financing SMEs, the missing middle

This newsletter arrives as we mark 45 years of Oikocredit, and we start with our anniversary video to celebrate this milestone. In the video we hear Thos Gieskes, Oikocredit’s Managing Director, looking back at our 45-year story and how Oikocredit was founded.

Forty-five years on, we continue to go where our work is needed. In this newsletter we highlight small and medium enterprises (SMEs), financing what is often called the missing middle, the gap between microenterprises and large companies. Many experts recognise that SMEs are the backbone of a thriving economy, yet the SME sector is underserved by financial institutions. This makes working with partners who finance SMEs especially important for Oikocredit.

We also bring you news of our recently appointed Director of Finance & Risk, together with the quarterly roundup of facts and figures.


Celebrating 45 years of Oikocredit

Oikocredit was launched on 4 November 1975. In this short video Thos Gieskes, Oikocredit’s Managing Director, looks back on the vision of our founders to celebrate 45 years of Oikocredit.

Watch our 45-years anniversary video >

Equity investment in BizCapital

One of Oikocredit’s latest equity investments goes to the fintech lender BizCapital, a leading online small and medium enterprise (SME) lender in Brazil.

Read the press release >

Why are SMEs important to Oikocredit?

In his latest blog, Hans Perk, Oikocredit's Regional Director Africa & Global Agricultural Sector Specialist, explains the importance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and how Oikocredit supports them through its partners.

Read Hans’ blog >

Introducing our Director of Finance & Risk

We are pleased to announce and warmly welcome Mirjam ‘t Lam as Oikocredit’s newly appointed Director of Finance & Risk, who joined the Managing Board in November.

Read the announcement >

Q3: maintaining stability

Four times a year we publish our key facts and figures, reporting on the previous quarter. In this report we provide additional background to the developments during the third quarter of 2020.

Read the Q3 report >
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