Happy New Year and 2017 highlights
Oikocredit International Newsletter
January 2018

Reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to the future

Happy New Year to all our readers! This first newsletter of 2018 takes a look back at some of the highlights and achievements of the past year with future insights from our managing director, Thos Gieskes.

2017 saw Thos take up his new position. In our interview, he takes a look back at his first months on the job, assessing Oikocredit’s strengths and challenges, and how the organisation can move forward. We then shine the spotlight on the work of table-football craftsman Felix Cardenas, a client of our Bolivian microfinance partner Banco Pyme de la Comunidad. We finish in neighbouring Brazil, by looking at the work of another partner, Coopfam, a cooperative which is empowering women coffee farmers.


Thos Gieskes' reflections on 2017

Thos Gieskes shares insights from his first months in the role of Oikocredit managing director. He reveals some inspiring moments from his travels abroad in getting to know the organisation. In addition, Thos looks at challenges for the future and how Oikocredit can build on its strengths. 

Read the interview >

On the ball: Bolivian entrepreneurs

We look at a flourishing table-football business owned by Bolivian craftsman Felix Cardenas. Felix is a client of our partner Banco Pyme de la Comunidad which supports the region’s micro entrepreneurs. Read how one of Felix’s tables ended up at a key investor event in Germany.

Read our table-football story >

Video: Women coffee producers

Oikocredit’s Brazilian partner Coopfam is helping to empower women by spearheading a campaign to support female coffee growers. Its speciality organic coffee 'Café Feminino' is produced exclusively by women in the coffee-growing community of Poço Fundo in south-eastern Brazil.

Watch the video >

Oikocredit facts & figures

Our data for the third quarter of 2017 includes capital outstanding, the total number of partners and countries where we invest, as well as an overview of our funding by type, region and sector. We've also started presenting households with access to clean energy and CO2 reduced (in tonnes).

Read more >
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