Oikocredit International Newsletter
Oikocredit International Newsletter
January 2021

How we boost cocoa farmers and SMEs in Côte d’Ivoire

As we enter the new year, we see signs of economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic in some of the regions where we work, such as in West Africa. In recent months we have also begun financing new partners again, as well as adding to the support offered to existing partners.

While we know that 2021 will continue to be challenging for Oikocredit, for our partners and their clients, and for most of humankind, we still want to bring you these fresh shoots of hope from West Africa in this newsletter, together with some broader reflections by our Managing Director about 2020 and the year ahead. 


We see resilience, courage and trust

2020 proved Oikocredit’s resilience, our partners’ courage and our investors’ trust. Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, reflects on one of the most challenging years in our cooperative’s 45-year history, and he considers what 2021 may bring.

Read Thos’ new year message >

Loans of € 7 million for West African cocoa partners

Oikocredit is helping with the export of the 2020-21 cocoa production for up to 35,000 smallholder farmers, with its recent loans to three partners in Côte d’Ivoire.

Find out more about these loans >

Why we’re upbeat about cocoa

Cocoa farming is a key source of livelihoods in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. We interviewed Yves Komaclo, Oikocredit’s Investment Manager for West Africa, to catch up with him on Oikocredit’s support for the cocoa sector.

Read the interview with Yves >

Be inspired by SME entrepreneurs

Oikocredit supports small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by financing SME lending partners. We invite you to take a closer look at this aspect of our work, through the eyes of two of our partners and their clients in Côte d'Ivoire.

Meet our Côte d'Ivoire SME entrepreneurs>
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