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Why are SMEs important to Oikocredit?

Hansjpg (3).jpg25 November | 2020 Hans Perk, Oikocredit’s Regional Director Africa and Global Agricultural Sector Specialist, talks here about the importance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and how Oikocredit supports them. full story

Call for Supervisory Board applications

Supervisory board23 November | 2020 Oikocredit is seeking skilled and experienced individuals to be appointed to its Supervisory Board during its annual general meeting to be held in June 2021. full story

Cooperative conversations: with Anita Clemons of the Members’ Council

Anita Clemons18 November | 2020 We recently had a conversation with Anita Clemons from the Presbyterian Foundation, one of the latest members of the Oikocredit Members’ Council (MC). She talks about what it means to be a members’ council, cooperative values such as transparency, about her hopes for the MC and the Oikocredit cooperative. full story

Q3 quarterly report: Maintaining stability

Untitled design (7).png12 November | 2020 Four times a year Oikocredit publishes key facts and figures on the previous quarter. Here we provide our investors and others with additional background context on developments during the third quarter of 2020. full story

Mirjam ‘t Lam joins Oikocredit as Director of Finance & Risk

Mirjam 't Lam09 November | 2020 Mirjam ‘t Lam is joining social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit as Director of Finance & Risk, effective 16 November 2020. She joins Oikocredit from African investment company... full story

Mirjam ‘t Lam joins Oikocredit as Director of Finance & Risk

09 November | 2020 Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Mirjam ‘t Lam is joining social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit as Director of Finance & Risk, effective 16 November 2020. She joins Oikocredit ... full story

Celebrating 45 years of Oikocredit [video]

Screenshot 2020-11-04 150126.png04 November | 2020 Today, Oikocredit celebrates its 45th anniversary of a mission to invest in people on low incomes around the world. full story

Does your investment portfolio have “the quan”?

Eduard Walkers02 November | 2020 Eduard Walkers, Oikocredit Regional Director Latin America and Caribbean, looks at what is needed for sustainable development finance and takes inspiration from an unusual source: the film Jerry Maguire. He proposes a “quan” scale of investment levels and asks: does your investment portfolio have the quan? full story

Oikocredit invests in Brazilian fintech BizCapital as part of a USD 15 million funding round

1200px-Bizcapital-logo.svg.png27 October | 2020 Social impact investor Oikocredit has acquired a minority stake in BizCapital, a leading online SME lender in Brazil full story

Oikocredit invests in Brazilian fintech BizCapital as part of a USD 15 million funding round

27 October | 2020 Social impact investor Oikocredit has acquired a minority stake in BizCapital, a leading online SME lender in Brazil full story

How Oikocredit is supporting smallholder farmers through the pandemic [video]

Oikocredit Unocace Solidarity fund14 October | 2020 In this short video you will see how with the help of our partner (Unocace) the Oikocredit solidarity fund is supporting cocoa farmers thorough the pandemic, and our partners are showered with gratitude and blessings. full story

Oikocredit, Karongi and Muganza Kivu Tea Factories to produce two million high-quality tea seedlings in Rwanda

Ging Ledesma06 October | 2020 Most of the funding for this project comes from investors from Oikocredit’s West German Support Association, showing yet again how close smallholder farmers are to Oikocredit investors’ hearts. full story

Oikocredit, Karongi and Muganza Kivu Tea Factories to produce two million high-quality tea seedlings in Rwanda

06 October | 2020 Most of the funding for this project comes from investors from Oikocredit’s West German Support Association, showing yet again how close smallholder farmers are to Oikocredit investors’ hearts. full story

A stitch in time [video]

Screenshot 2020-09-24 142018.jpg25 September | 2020 Through partners like U&I Microfinance Bank, Oikocredit’s coronavirus solidarity fund is reaching those who most need it. Like Loice Nyambura, the owner of a small tailoring business in Nairobi, Kenya. full story

Behind the Impact Report 2020 [interview]

Kawien Ziedses des Plantes - for use with Impact Report 2020 interview (2).jpg15 September | 2020 We interviewed Kawien Ziedses des Plantes, Oikocredit’s Global Social Performance Specialist, to find out what’s behind the recently published Impact Report 2020. After 45 years, we still see Oikocredit’s sharp focus on end-clients and its determined drive for continuous improvement. full story

Oikocredit launches its Impact Report 2020

Oikocredit-Impact-Report-2020_EN-cover.jpg08 September | 2020 Oikocredit’s Impact Report is now live and ready for downloading. Our latest report showcases our social impact data from across all Oikocredit’s activities. full story

[BLOG] Covid-19: a driving force for digital financial inclusion

Vincent.jpg04 September | 2020 By Vincent van Dugteren, Global Financial Inclusion Sector Specialist full story

Group lending: Cristiane and Helena show how it works

27 August | 2020 A woman finds herself in crisis and is supported by another making a success of her business. In this story of solidarity amongst women you can discover how group lending works, and through our Brazilian partner BPCS, how Oikocredit serves hard to reach people. full story

Q2 quarterly report: Responding with resilience

Untitled design (7).png20 August | 2020 Four times a year Oikocredit publishes key facts and figures on the previous quarter. Here we provide our investors and others with additional background context on developments during the second quarter of 2020. full story

How does Covid-19 affect our social performance and innovation work? [video]

Ging.png14 August | 2020 We interviewed Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Director of Social Performance Innovation, to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic affects our social performance and innovation work. full story

SPTF and CERISE take over Smart Campaign implementation resources

a1Vug3Su.jpeg05 August | 2020 After a decade of successful work in advancing principles for client protection, the Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) announced that the Smart Campaign would come to an end. The implementation... full story

How does Covid-19 impact on our investment operations? [video]

BvE interview.png04 August | 2020 We interviewed Bart van Eyk, Oikocredit’s Director of Investments to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting our investment operations. full story

Launch of CEO Forum for Oikocredit Partners in Africa

Ging Ledesma28 July | 2020 CEOs with a dedication to continuous improvement, a passion for people and an appreciation of the extraordinary challenges of our time, came together online last week to launch Oikocredit’s forum for CEOs in Africa. The launch of this programme comes at a time when it is becoming evident that the situation brought on by Covid-19 is not something that will be resolved in a matter of a few months. full story

THE WATER MAN – part 2 of 2

Elikanah photo Part 2-2.jpg27 July | 2020 Written by Elikanah Ng'ang'a, Social Performance & Capacity Building Officer - Oikocredit Africa
The Water Man story tells of one man’s determination to bend the Covid-19 curve, and provides lessons for Oikocredit partners, staff and investors. In this second part of his blog, Elikanah shares examples of what our partners are doing to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on their end-clients. full story

Oikocredit invests USD 5 million in M-KOPA to support growth of solar energy in Africa

AG0_6654.jpg21 July | 2020 With this loan, M-KOPA is able to provide electricity and mobile connections to 10,000 households in Africa full story

Oikocredit invests USD 5 million in M-KOPA to support growth of solar energy in Africa

21 July | 2020 With this loan, M-KOPA is able to provide electricity and mobile connections to 10,000 households in Africa full story

Blog: Could microfinance help prevent a health crisis from becoming an even greater food crisis?

Hans Perk16 July | 2020 The United Nations (UN) recently published a report estimating that 130 million more people may face chronic hunger in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. full story

Solidarity: the strength of our network

Thos Gieskes & Laura Pool.jpg01 July | 2020 In this interview we catch up with our Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, and our Director of Finance & Risk, Laura Pool, to reflect on the June annual general meeting (AGM). They talk about the decision to not pay a dividend for 2019, how Oikocredit supports its partners during the pandemic, and more. full story

Lessening the Covid-19 impact today makes a big difference for the future [Interview]

ADominguez (1).JPG30 June | 2020 There has been huge interest from Oikocredit’s members and investors to know more about Oikocredit’s coronavirus solidarity fund. Here we interview Andrea Domínguez, Oikocredit’s Global Capacity Building Specialist, and find out more about the fund and how it might develop. full story

THE WATER MAN – part 1 of 2

Elikanah.jpg18 June | 2020 Written by Elikanah Ng'ang'a, Social Performance & Capacity Building Officer - Oikocredit Africa
The Water Man story tells of one man’s determination to bend the Covid-19 curve, and provides lessons for Oikocredit partners, staff and investors. In this first part of his blog, Elikanah writes about how the Water Man inspired him and other Oikocredit staff in the Oikocredit office in Kenya. full story

Oikocredit exits its investment in Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate

Divine exit PR.jpg17 June | 2020 Social impact investor Oikocredit has supported Divine since 2006 as it expanded its footprint from the United Kingdom to the USA full story

Oikocredit exits its investment in Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate

17 June | 2020 Social impact investor Oikocredit has supported Divine since 2006 as it expanded its footprint from the United Kingdom to the USA full story

Oikocredit holds annual general meeting, members decide on dividend

asset 2.jpg15 June | 2020 Last week the cooperative’s 44th annual general meeting (AGM) was held in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, with members and others participating through a web-based conferencing and electronic voting system. full story

MFIs Covid-19 awareness training

Comic09 June | 2020 Oikocredit is supporting its partners during the pandemic with several initiatives. Maanaveeya, Oikocredit’s subsidiary in India, worked with MicroSave Consulting who developed a pamphlet to promote awareness of Covid-19 for microfinance institutions (MFI) full story

Video tour of Oikocredit’s work in Ghana

Study tour 2020.png08 June | 2020 A short video is now available to provide you with insight on the work of Oikocredit in Ghana. At a time of social distancing and with few people traveling, it is useful to remind ourselves of how useful our investors find these tours. full story

With Renewable Energy: an Interview with David ten Kroode

David ten Kroode - Renewable Energy Manager - Oikocredit2.jpg28 May | 2020 In mid-2014 Oikocredit welcomed renewable energy (RE) financing expert, David ten Kroode, to build up and manage what was then a new sector for Oikocredit: financing RE projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We spoke with David, now RE Manager at Oikocredit, about the developments of the past five years and what the future may bring. full story

Quarterly report: Withstanding the crisis

25 May | 2020 Four times a year Oikocredit publishes key facts and figures on the previous quarter. Here we provide our investors and others with additional background context. full story

Learning from Leaders: a Cup of Coffee with Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe

Dr Godwin.jpg11 May | 2020 Challenging situations like the coronavirus require new thinking on many levels. Learning from Leaders, a Cup of Coffee with... is a new series of online encounters launched by Oikocredit International. full story

The main thing is sustainability [interview]

CPFAM-BR-23.jpg08 May | 2020 Aldo Risco Mejia is responsible for agriculture investments in northern South America at our Oikocredit office in Lima. We spoke with him about his practical experience of fair trade. full story

Oikocredit revised its dividend proposal for 2019 from 1% to 0%.

06 May | 2020 Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has revised its dividend proposal for 2019 from 1% to 0%. full story

Oikocredit revises dividend proposal

06 May | 2020 Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has revised its dividend proposal for 2019 from 1% to 0%. full story

Oikocredit foundation creates coronavirus solidarity fund

Coronavirus solidarity fund item.jpg05 May | 2020 With more government measures in place to combat the spread of Covid-19, many small business in Africa, Asia and Latin America are struggling to find the means to comply with regulations. To support these businesses, Oikocredit’s foundation has launched a coronavirus solidarity fund. full story

Change to Oikocredit’s Managing Board

laura-pool.jpg04 May | 2020 Laura Pool, Director of Finance & Risk, has decided to leave Oikocredit for personal reasons to pursue a career change. She will continue in her position until the end of the year. full story

Oikocredit and other impact investors agree coronavirus coordination principles

MoU for Debt Refinancing coordination principles .png01 May | 2020 Leading microfinance and impact fund managers have signed an MoU for debt refinancing coordination principles, to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. full story

Coffee, Cocoa, and the Coronavirus [Interview]

Hans Perk28 April | 2020 We spoke with Hans Perk, Regional Director Africa and Global Agricultural Sector Specialist, about what is working and what is not in the coffee and cocoa supply chains. How can we better make these supply chains work for the poor and vulnerable post Covid-19? full story

Impact investors jointly commit to supporting low-income communities in Covid-19 crisis

download.png14 April | 2020 Together with other members of the Dutch Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) Oikocredit signed the Covid-19 Investor Statement, which has been issued by impact investors in emerging markets. full story

Social impact in the pandemic: how Oikocredit is helping partners fight back [blog]

Ging Ledesma09 April | 2020 As the coronavirus crisis continues to spread across the globe, Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Director of Social Performance Innovation, is helping lead Oikocredit’s rapid response to the evolving needs of our partners, going beyond the financial support we offer them. Here Ging shares the steps Oikocredit has already taken to support our partners at this critical moment, and why innovation and community are crucial in these extremely challenging times. full story

Nomination for appointment to the Supervisory Board

joseph-patterson.jpg09 April | 2020 Joseph Patterson has been nominated as candidate for appointment to the Supervisory Board of Oikocredit International by the Supervisory Board, to be voted on at the General Meeting of members in June. full story

Protecting organisations against coronavirus scams – tips for partners

ilya-pavlov-OqtafYT5kTw-unsplash.jpg08 April | 2020 Criminals are seeking to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic, exploiting the pandemic to trick businesses via fake invoices, phishing emails and phone calls. full story

It's not just about growth [interview]

laura-pool.jpg06 April | 2020 Laura Pool, Director of Finance & Risk says: “It's not only about growth in the portfolio, but the quality.” In this interview she provides her insights into the financial results, reflects on Oikocredit’s development as an organisation, and talks about how these results and developments will help Oikocredit face the ongoing coronavirus crisis. full story

Indian Oikocredit subsidiary supports government relief fund for coronavirus

Photo (002).jpg06 April | 2020 Maanaveeya, Oikocredit’s subsidiary in India, has donated two million Indian Rupees (approximately € 24,000) to the Telangana Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on 31 March 2020 to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). full story

Protecting yourself against coronavirus scams – tips for investors

christopher-gower-m_HRfLhgABo-unsplash.jpg03 April | 2020 Criminals are seeking to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic, exploiting the pandemic to trick people into sharing personal or financial information via phishing emails and phone calls. full story

Oikocredit publishes its annual report for 2019

Cover Annual Report 2019 cover02 April | 2020 Today we published our annual report which informs investors and other stakeholders about our financial performance from the past year. full story

Message from the Managing Director: “Working together through uncertain times”

Thos-Gieskes-web.jpg26 March | 2020 Thos Gieskes, Managing Director of Oikocredit, has the following message for Oikocredit’s stakeholders. full story

Oikocredit announces 2019 results and partner satisfaction [press release]

Jessy Chipindo, restaurant owner and client of Oikocredit partner Entrepreneurs Financial Centre (EFC) Zambia. 19 March | 2020 Today Oikocredit announced its annual results for 2019. The results reveal an improved financial performance and steady growth in the cooperative’s development finance portfolio. full story

Oikocredit reports positive results and partner satisfaction

19 March | 2020 Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit today published its annual results for 2019. The cooperative has made good headway in streamlining its business model, maintained investor confidence and received positive feedback from the organisations it finances. full story

Oikocredit and the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)

Thos-Gieskes-web.jpg13 March | 2020 As the coronavirus pandemic develops, there is increasing uncertainty about its consequences. We’re seeing lives and livelihoods affected across the world, in both economically rich and poor countries. full story

€ 1 million investment in ACE clean cooking

African Clean Energy.jpg12 March | 2020 Oikocredit has made a € 1 million loan to African Clean Energy (ACE), a Certified B Corporation and social enterprise, to support the expansion of business operations in Uganda. full story

Oikocredit invests € 1 million in African Clean Energy (ACE) to support clean cooking and rural electricity access in sub-Saharan Africa

12 March | 2020 Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Social impact investor Oikocredit has made a € 1 million convertible loan to African Clean Energy, a Certified B Corporation and social enterprise, to support the expansion of business operations in Uganda. full story

No development without risk [interview]

Evert Ludding.JPG10 March | 2020 After being a shareholder for five years, Oikocredit recently exited from the Zambian aquaculture company Yalelo. We spoke to Albert Hofsink, non-executive member of Yalelo’s board of directors, and Evert Ludding, Oikocredit’s Equity Manager. full story

On the trail of cocoa

Paul Bukuroh Appiah19 February | 2020 In west Ghana, Oikocredit’s recent study tour accompanies the cocoa farmer Paul Bukuroh Appiah to a place where chocolate has its origins. Corinna Groß, PR Officer at Oikocredit’s support association Baden-Württemberg in Germany, shares her journey with us. She brings the tour to life and sees first-hand how Oikocredit’s partner Fedco makes life a little better for the people in the small village of Pieso. full story

Fair is when all benefit

GREEN-KE-09.jpg04 February | 2020 Once a year, Oikocredit brings together a partner and investors in its annual road show. This time around, it was the turn of Athanas Matheka, co-founder of Greenforest Foods Limited in Kenya. full story

Volunteers and staff meet our partners in Ghana

STUDY-GH-315.jpg27 January | 2020 A group of Oikocredit volunteers and staff have travelled from Europe and North America to Ghana for our 2020 study tour, taking place this week. Participants will visit financial inclusion partner organisations and end-clients, as well as a renewable energy partner. There will also be a visit to one of Oikocredit's cocoa partners. full story

Most read: our six biggest stories in 2019

Mimin-Among-Komida.jpg21 January | 2020 We look back at the partner stories and announcements that were most popular on our website last year. full story

Looking back on a year’s journey and forward to 2020

Thos Gieskes.jpg07 January | 2020 Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, looks back on Oikocredit’s journey in 2019 and forward to the new year 2020. full story

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Oikocredit Seasons Greetings 2019 Final1.jpg23 December | 2019 The Christmas holidays are drawing closer, and we can look back on an eventful year 2019. We want to thank you for your successful cooperation. Together we were able to push sustainable ... full story

Oikocredit exits Zambian fish farm Yalelo

20190321f_04b.jpg10 December | 2019 Oikocredit has exited its investment in the Zambian fish farm Yalelo Limited, after investing since 2014 and supporting its production growth from under 2,000 tonnes of tilapia fish in 2014 to 12,000 tonnes today. Yalelo is the largest sustainable aquaculture company in Africa. full story

Oikocredit exits its investment in Zambian fish farm Yalelo

10 December | 2019 Social impact investor Oikocredit has supported Yalelo since 2014 as it became Africa’s largest sustainable aquaculture company. full story

Fraudulent app alert

Screenshot Google Play Store05 December | 2019 Oikocredit would like to alert its partners, investors and the general public of the following fraudulent app: OikoCredit Loans full story

Tea: good prospects from great heights

KARO-RW-68.jpg03 December | 2019 Private and public stakeholders in the Rwandan tea sector join forces to empower rural farmers – helped with finance from Oikocredit. That’s just my cup of tea. full story

Musoni: putting low-income clients first in the digital age

Musoni photo for November 2019 story.jpg19 November | 2019 The digital revolution is expanding the range and delivery of financial services to those traditionally overlooked by banks, with electronic money models and new digital payment platforms. We look at the work of Oikocredit partner Musoni Kenya Microfinance, a pioneer in the provision of digital financial services, and how its cooperation with Oikocredit in client protection principles helps it to serve low-income clients when digital services are provided. full story

Social performance: "Choosing a partner is just the beginning"

Ging.jpg08 November | 2019 The desire to achieve a positive social impact is the reason why people invest in Oikocredit. How does this goal become reality? We spoke to Oikocredit’s social performance team, Ging Ledesma, Kawien Ziedses des Plantes and Yolirruth Nuñez, about capacity building, trust, monitoring, the cooperative’s DNA and its successes. full story

Let’s give SMEs the recognition they deserve, in Mexico and all around the world

29 October | 2019 Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) are at the heart of job creation and retention, all around the world. Yet so many SMEs do not have access to the finance they need. We invite you to watch a short video from Oikocredit’s office in Mexico to see why Oikocredit supports SMEs. full story

Greenforest begins our European road show

GREEN-KE-09.jpg09 October | 2019 Yesterday evening in Hamburg Oikocredit’s partner Greenforest, a leading Kenyan honey brand, began our annual road show, bringing our partner and investors together. full story

Oikocredit invests in Ugandan tea processor Kayonza

Kayonza - Tea plantlets at Kayonza Tea Factory - Credit Solidaridad & Joshua Rukundo.jpg01 October | 2019 Solidaridad helped community enterprise Kayonza Growers Tea Factory secure a USD 3.15 million loan from Oikocredit, for the benefit of Kayonza's 7,500 smallholder farmers. full story

Ugandan tea processor secures USD 3.15 million investment

01 October | 2019 Utrecht/Amersfoort, the Netherlands - Solidaridad has facilitated USD 3.15 million of financing for Ugandan tea processor Kayonza Tea Factory in the form of a long-term loan from social impact ... full story

Colombian fintech Sempli raises USD 8 million in Series A round led by Oikocredit and Incofin CVSO

24 September | 2019 Leading online lender for Colombian small businesses Sempli reaches USD 24 million in fundraising after 2.5 years of operations full story

Oikocredit increases investment in Colombian fintech Sempli

Sempli co-founders Felipe Llano (L) & Esteban Velasco (R).jpg24 September | 2019 Oikocredit has teamed with Incofin to lead a round raising USD 8 million of investment in fintech partner Sempli, to help grow thousands more small businesses in Colombia. full story

Interview: Oikocredit’s latest Impact Report

Ging Ledesma-cropforuse.jpg17 September | 2019 We interviewed Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Director of Social Performance Innovation, to get behind some of the numbers from Oikocredit’s Impact Report 2019, and revisit fundamental questions about social impact. full story

Oikocredit launches Impact Report 2019

Oikocredit-Impact-Report-2019_EN-cover.jpg10 September | 2019 Oikocredit’s Impact Report is now live and ready for download. The new publication replaces the Social and Environmental Performance Report and showcases data from across Oikocredit’s activities. full story

Oikocredit signs KES 1 billion equity investment in Credit Bank

29 August | 2019 UPDATE: The deal was not pursued further as of late 2019.

Nairobi, Kenya – Credit Bank PLC has signed a KES 1 billion equity investment with social impact investor Oikocredit today. The investment, which is subject to regulatory approvals, will see Oikocredit take a minority stake in Credit Bank full story

Boosting efforts across focus sectors and strengthening partners

Thos2.jpg31 July | 2019 As we head into the second half of the year, Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, brings us up to date on the cooperative’s latest developments. He explains how we are boosting efforts in our focus sectors and going beyond finance to broaden the ways in which we support our partners, aiming to strengthen their businesses and their networks.

The interview also highlights this year’s annual general meeting (AGM) held in June and offers some insight into our upcoming Impact Report to be published in September. full story

Interview: Providing affordable housing loans for low and middle-income families in Cambodia

AGM-2019-03.jpg24 July | 2019 Sothany Chun is the CEO of Oikocredit partner First Finance plc, a financial institution which provides housing and home-improvement loans to people on low and middle-incomes in Cambodia. Oikocredit’s Support Association in the Netherlands recently met with her to discuss her background, work and how First Finance is helping to improve lives by increasing access to home ownership. full story

Jessy’s Story: A Taste of Success in Zambia

EFC-ZM-20.jpg10 July | 2019 “I am passionate about cooking and I taught myself how to cook. I also teach my staff. I buy local products and have a farmer who grows certain ingredients especially for me,” says Jessy Chipindo, restaurant owner and client of Oikocredit partner Entrepreneurs Financial Centre Zambia. full story

Oikocredit annual general meeting votes on dividend and supervisory board  

AGM-2019-cropped.jpg21 June | 2019 From 17 to 20 June 2019 delegates from Oikocredit member organisations and Oikocredit staff gathered in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, for the annual general meeting (AGM) week. full story

Bridging the Gender Gap…. At Home

Irene Valdez.jpg13 June | 2019 Not so long ago, Ka Oting Villanueva, like many men in the central Philippines province of Negros Occidental, regarded a husband’s role as simply that of a provider. “He never used to help me with any of the household chores,” says his wife. “In fact, I don’t think it ever crossed his mind!” full story

How do coffee cooperatives support smallholder coffee farmers in Peru?

APROC-PE-45.jpg29 May | 2019 Two billion cups of coffee served every day. 200 billion US dollars in sales every year. So why are some farmers happy when none of their children wish to follow them into the coffee-growing business? full story

Oikocredit invests in Latin American responsible specialty coffee trader Caravela

22 May | 2019 The Netherlands / United Kingdom – Social impact investor Oikocredit has closed a US$ 4.7 million investment in Caravela Coffee, a specialty coffee trader that sources coffee in Latin America using direct trade principles. full story

Equity investment to foster sustainable coffee trading

file1-5.jpeg22 May | 2019 Oikocredit has announced a US$ 4.7 million investment in Caravela Coffee, a Latin American responsible specialty coffee trader. full story

Oikocredit expands its fintech portfolio in Mexico

3. Karina Perez Borja 2, Colaborador Kubo.JPG02 May | 2019 Oikocredit has invested in Mexican fintech Ku-Bo Financiero to boost access to affordable finance for individuals across Mexico. full story

Oikocredit invests in fintech KU-BO FINANCIERO, S.A. DE C.V., S.F.P. (Ku-Bo) to support people in Mexico without access to financial services

02 May | 2019 Amersfoort, the Netherlands / Mexico City, Mexico – Social impact investor Oikocredit has provided financing to Ku-Bo, a Mexican fintech specialised in crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending aimed at individuals within the medium and low socio-economic sector of the population with limited access to credit. full story

Oikocredit and MOCA join forces to strengthen cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire

Oikocredit and CNFA MOCA sign MoU.JPG16 April | 2019 Oikocredit and the Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA) project have signed a memorandum of understanding to support the sustainable development of smallholder cocoa cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire. full story

It’s more than just finance [interview]

Laura Pool, director of risk at Oikocredit.jpg10 April | 2019 Oikocredit just published its financial results for 2018. For a deeper look at the results and insights on how the cooperative is working towards improving its future results, we interviewed Oikocredit’s Director of Finance & Risk, Laura Pool. In the interview Laura also explains why providing expertise and using the right financial instruments can make all the difference. full story

Oikocredit publishes its annual report for 2018 along with key financial highlights

Annual report 2018 cover.jpg27 March | 2019 Today Oikocredit announced its annual results for 2018. The press release explains how despite changes at the organisation and the prevailing low interest rate environment, Oikocredit has managed to grow its development financing portfolio. full story

Oikocredit’s portfolio and member capital grow as it implements updated strategy

27 March | 2019 Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit today published its annual results for 2018. Despite 2018 being a year of change for Oikocredit, the cooperative’s net income after taxation improved compared to 2017 with both lendable funds and the development financing portfolio showing growth. full story

Technology is part of the solution

Vincent1.JPG25 March | 2019 Financial technologies – “fintech” for short – are revolutionising the financial industry worldwide. How can technological developments further financial inclusion? What impact is fintech having on Oikocredit and its partners?

Oikocredit’s West Germany Support Association spoke to Oikocredit’s Business Development Specialist in Amersfoort, Vincent van Dugteren, to find out. full story

Oikocredit invests in affordable housing finance provider Sitara in India

sitara.PNG21 March | 2019 Oikocredit has made an equity investment of INR 670 million in affordable housing finance company Sitara together with Omidyar Network india, HDFC Life Insurance, HDFC Holdings Ltd. and Women’s World Banking to foster inclusion and equality in the Indian home loans sector. full story

Empowering women in Indonesia through financial inclusion

KOM-ID-20.jpg28 February | 2019 Mimin Among wears a broad smile when talking about how she earns a living making krupuk (Indonesian deep-fried prawn crackers): “We started a small business in 2004 after years of working for other people. We joined the Komida cooperative in 2009 and used our first loan to buy woks which we still use now. The business is doing well and we employ 10 neighbours to help us keep up with demand.” full story

Oikocredit appoints Patrick Stutvoet as Director of IT and Operations

27 February | 2019 27 February 2019, Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Social impact investor Oikocredit has appointed Patrick Stutvoet to the position of Director of IT and Operations, effective 1 March 2019. full story

Patrick Stutvoet becomes Oikocredit’s new Director of IT and Operations

Patrick Stutvoet.jpg27 February | 2019 Oikocredit is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Stutvoet as Director of IT and Operations, and newest member of the cooperative’s Managing Board, effective 1 March 2019. full story

Oikocredit invests USD 3.3 million in Mexican student finance provider Laudex

19 February | 2019 19 February 2019, Mexico City, Mexico / Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Social impact investor Oikocredit has closed an investment of USD 3.3 million in Laudex, a financial inclusion institution ... full story

Oikocredit invests in Laudex to encourage social inclusion in Mexico’s education sector

laudex sq.PNG18 February | 2019 Oikocredit has closed an investment of USD 3.3 million in Laudex, a financial inclusion institution providing loans to students for higher education in Mexico. full story

With my chickens, I feel free

Blog 1.jpg30 January | 2019 Last month, a group of Oikocredit investors, volunteers and staff spent a week in Peru for the 2018 study tour. One of the partners they visited was financial inclusion organisation ProEmpresa and its end-clients in Lima’s suburbs. Marion Wedegärtner from Oikocredit’s West German Support Association shared her impressions of the trip. full story

Reflecting on 2018 and looking forward

Thos Gieskes.jpg29 January | 2019 Oikocredit’s Managing Director, Thos Gieskes, reflects on 2018 and shares what is ahead for the cooperative. full story

Strengthening market access for small-scale farmers in India

YCOOK-IN-17.jpg17 January | 2019 “Before we worked with Y-Cook we didn’t grow sweet corn, but only flowers and millet. With corn we have fixed prices, which are much better,” says Krishna Muthy, a farmer from the village of Kanekal in India’s Andhra Pradesh state. As a farmer supplier to Oikocredit’s Indian partner Y-Cook, he has seen his corn crop prices and yields improve significantly, providing him with a stable income and a better quality of life for his whole family. full story

Oikocredit invests in SolarNow to help bring solar energy to 17,500 customers in Uganda

SolarNow.jpg08 January | 2019 Oikocredit has closed its largest investment yet in off-grid solar company SolarNow, together with SunFunder and responsAbility. full story

Building Disaster Resiliency: A Guidebook

Guidebook Front Cover Portrait.png12 December | 2018 Disaster resiliency is an important component in Oikocredit’s capacity building work with partners in areas prone to natural disasters. After successfully piloting a disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) programme in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, it has now been extended to partners in other countries like Ecuador. full story

Oikocredit’s updated Vision & Strategy published

Strategyobjectives.png03 December | 2018 Oikocredit has published its updated Vision & Strategy. The brochure sets out Oikocredit’s strategic direction for the coming years, including the cooperative’s strategic ambitions and the ... full story

Call for Oikocredit Supervisory Board applications

SB application.PNG29 November | 2018 Oikocredit is seeking skilled and experienced individuals to stand for election to its Supervisory Board during the next Annual General Meeting in June 2019. full story

A new operating model for Oikocredit [interview]

Bart logo image.PNG27 November | 2018 Earlier this year, Oikocredit introduced its updated strategy. Bart van Eyk, Oikocredit’s Director of Investments, shares the latest details of our updated strategy and explains how changes to our regional setup will help us to better serve our partners with the aim of creating an even stronger social impact. full story

Investors and volunteers visit Oikocredit partners in Peru

CENFR-PE-30.jpg26 November | 2018 A group of Oikocredit investors, volunteers and staff will soon be heading to Peru for this year’s study tour, which takes place from 2 to 8 December. Participants will visit a financial inclusion organisation and its end-clients in Lima. In Jaén and San Ignacio, they will visit a fair-trade coffee cooperative and its farmer members. full story

Turning organic waste into energy: how Oikocredit offsets its carbon footprint

FCF Image 1_Cooking on biogas.jpg20 November | 2018 Offsetting carbon is an important way for Oikocredit to contribute to climate change mitigation and protection of the environment. For almost a year now, Oikocredit has been working with FairClimateFund to offset its carbon footprint. full story

Oikocredit invests in cashew processor Anatrans in Burkina Faso

14 November | 2018 Social impact investor Oikocredit has taken a € 2 million stake in Burkinabe cashew processor Anatrans full story

Preserving the future of cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire

ECOO-CI-18.jpg13 November | 2018 Nearly half of the world’s chocolate supply is grown in Côte d’Ivoire1, where more than a million smallholder farmers depend on cocoa production for their livelihoods. Cocoa is also vital to the ... full story

Wool with a name

Manos 2 of 2.jpg05 November | 2018 John Lennon wore Manos del Uruguay, and among its current fans are a number of celebrities and even royalty. All Manos products are signed by the woman who dyed the wool, and each product is handcrafted and therefore unique. full story

Oikocredit and BID LAB invest in fintech Sempli to support Colombian SMEs

31 October | 2018 31 October 2018, Bogotá, Colombia – Social impact investor Oikocredit and the Inter-American Development Bank (BID LAB) have closed an investment of USD 5.7 million in Sempli, a Colombian fintech that provides loans to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). full story

Oikocredit invests in FinTech Sempli to support sustainable growth of SMEs in Colombia

Esteban-Felipe1_8.jpg31 October | 2018 Together with the Inter-American Development Bank (BID LAB), Oikocredit has closed an investment of USD 5.7 million in the Colombian FinTech Sempli. full story

Oikocredit invests in Kenyan fertiliser plant to raise farmers’ yields and incomes

News item Fertiplant photo.jpg23 October | 2018 Oikocredit has made an equity investment in Sub Saharan Africa’s first fertiliser granulation and manufacturing plant Fertiplant East Africa. Oikocredit joins the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in funding construction of the plant, which will benefit farmers’ incomes and enhance food security in the region. full story

Financial results for social impact [interview]

Irene van Oostwaard.jpg17 October | 2018 As Oikocredit implements its updated strategy, the cooperative continues to work with its members and investors to share the latest developments and progress being made. The worldwide cooperative’s West Germany Support Association recently sat down with Irene van Oostwaard, Director of Finance at Oikocredit, to learn more about current financial topics, as well as Irene's own insights and passion for the organisation. full story

Making a difference in Mexico: the value of investing in SMEs

Image 2 CON-MX-03.jpg10 October | 2018 Financial inclusion is Oikocredit’s largest priority sector. Through Oikocredit’s updated strategy the cooperative aims to deepen its engagement with its microfinance partners while also seeking partners beyond traditional financial institutions. Oikocredit is increasingly aiming to make an impact for the ‘missing middle’ by targeting finance to small to medium enterprises (SMEs) – like it is doing in Mexico. full story

Fintech and social impact investing in India [interview]

Arun Nayyar.jpg02 October | 2018 As part of its updated strategy, Oikocredit continues to seek partnerships beyond traditional financial institutions. Partnering with fintech companies that target underserved communities with innovative financial technologies is one way the cooperative is doing this. To learn more about the role of fintech in social impact investing, and more specifically in India, we spoke with Arun Nayyar, the CEO of Oikocredit partner NeoGrowth. full story

Oikocredit’s equity investment supports India’s agriculture value chain

Origo 1.jpeg01 October | 2018 Oikocredit has made an equity investment in Origo Commodities, a company which provides post-harvest agriculture supply chain financing and logistics solutions across 12 Indian states to over 3,500 clients, including more than 1,400 farmers. full story

Oikocredit signs Fair Trade Charter to help reach the Sustainable Development Goals

RAh__k9A.png25 September | 2018 Today, Oikocredit joined more than 250 organisations around the world in launching an International Fair Trade Charter which sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). full story

Oikocredit invests in Brazilian FinTech Avante to support one million micro-entrepreneurs by 2021

Avante photo.png06 September | 2018 Oikocredit welcomes Avante, a Brazilian FinTech that empowers micro-entrepreneurs through financial technology, to its growing FinTech portfolio. full story

Oikocredit invests in Brazilian FinTech Avante to support one million micro-entrepreneurs by 2021

06 September | 2018 6 September 2018, Amersfoort, the Netherlands / São Paulo, Brazil – Social impact investor Oikocredit has acquired a stake in Avante, a Brazilian FinTech offering financial services to micro-entrepreneurs at the base of the pyramid. full story

Oikocredit’s first off-grid solar project in Latin America to support 250,000 people

Kingo27 (1).jpg05 September | 2018 Together with Dutch development bank FMO, Oikocredit invested in Kingo, an off-grid energy supplier, to help them expand to rural areas in Guatemala. full story

Equity investment to improve lives in El Salvador

ENL-SV-17.jpg29 August | 2018 “Quitting my job at the factory was a good decision. We make a profit of US$ 300 a week…when I worked in the factory I earned US$ 60 a week.” full story

Rising to the coffee challenge: high yields, high quality and environmental sustainability

Wilson Olivera, President of Cenfrocafe (left), and Ronny García, Cenfrocafe CEO (right).22 August | 2018 “It’s not easy to grow in a sustainable way”, says Wilson Olivera, President of Peruvian coffee cooperative Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (Cenfrocafe). full story

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance releases ‘State of the Sector’ report

CSAF2018-cover.jpg08 August | 2018 Oikocredit is a member of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), which just published its annual ‘State of the Sector’ report. full story

Oikocredit article on home solar and microfinance published on NextBillion

REblog.JPG26 July | 2018 NextBillion published Oikocredit’s Renewable Energy Investment Officer, Mark Roesink’s article ‘Home Solar+Microfinance: Mitigating Risks and Maximising Rewards.’ full story

Going above and beyond: Oikocredit’s Social and Environmental Performance Report [Interview]

Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Investor Relations and Social Performance Director17 July | 2018 Oikocredit just published its latest Social and Environmental Performance Report (SEPR) showing that the worldwide cooperative surpasses the sector average for outreach to female clients. To learn more about this and other highlights in the report, and to gain a better understanding of why Oikocredit reports on its social and environmental performance, we spoke with Ging Ledesma, Oikocredit’s Investor Relations and Social Performance Director. full story

Oikocredit surpasses sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients

cover-sepr-report-2017-uk.png12 July | 2018 Today Oikocredit published its latest Social and Environmental Performance Report (SEPR) which shows that nearly 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations Oikocredit invests in are women, compared to the sector average of 70%. full story

Oikocredit outperforms sector in microfinance outreach to women

12 July | 2018 The social impact investor's latest Social & Environmental Performance Report also showed strong progress on indicators for renewable energy full story

Oikocredit annual general meeting takes place in India

electronic voting AGM 201822 June | 2018 Last week, Oikocredit’s annual general meeting took place in Chennai, India. full story

Oikocredit signs new guidelines on responsible digital financial inclusion

Bart-van-Eyk-web.jpg20 June | 2018 Oikocredit joined over 50 fintech investors and innovators to develop guidelines aimed at spreading the benefits of the digital financial services revolution more widely. full story

Join us in cities across Europe for a taste of Fapecafes fair trade coffee

FAPE-EC-30.jpg11 June | 2018 Oikocredit’s annual European road show kicks off 18 June in Berlin and will travel to various cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Switzerland. full story

Getting together for sustainable coffee in June

COOT-CR-78.jpg06 June | 2018 Anyone for sustainably sourced coffee? You can get a taste of Oikocredit’s collaborative efforts in the sustainable coffee sector by following our coffee-themed updates which we will share with you throughout June. full story

Thos Gieskes: why we’ve updated our strategy and how we’re aiming for more impact [interview]

Thos Gieskes.jpg24 May | 2018 Last month we announced our financial results and introduced Oikocredit’s updated strategy. Our Managing Director Thos Gieskes shares more details on what’s different about the new approach, why focus is so important, and how social impact remains at Oikocredit’s heart. full story

A cool head and a warm heart: how to produce organic and fair trade honey [partner story]

MIEL-MX-23.jpg11 May | 2018 There's lots that we can learn from bees: alternative ways of working, serving the community and sharing. We talked to Luis Enrique Castañón Chavarría, Managing Director of Oikocredit’s fair trade and organic partner Miel Mexicana, about how bees cooperate, the beekeeping industry and its international customers. full story

Oikocredit invests € 1 million in clean cooking with Rwanda’s Inyenyeri, to “Leave No One Behind”

02 May | 2018 Clean fuel company Inyenyeri will use the convertible loan to reach 150,000 households by 2020. full story

Oikocredit invests € 1 million in renewable energy company Inyenyeri

Inyenyeri photo 3.jpg02 May | 2018 Today Oikocredit and Inyenyeri announced the € 1 million loan investment at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in Lisbon, Portugal. full story

Ogunte interviews Oikocredit UK & Ireland's National Director Monica Middleton

Ogunte.png30 April | 2018 Servane Mouazan interviews Monica Middleton to find out a little more about her background, Oikocredit, gender-lens investing and what really makes her tick. full story

E-Hands: solar energy for India’s unbanked  

Solar for rural bank - Bamraha,  Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.jpg26 April | 2018 In India, some 270 million people, a fifth of the population, lack access to electricity1. Some 90% of the country’s off-grid communities are based in remote, rural areas, with many households ... full story

Oikocredit announces annual results and reveals enhanced strategy to strengthen social impact

11 April | 2018 Amersfoort, the Netherlands – Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit today published its annual results for 2017. Oikocredit continues to fulfil its ambition to improve the quality of life of low-income people by providing financing and capacity building support to 747 partner organisations active in inclusive finance, agriculture and renewable energy. full story

Oikocredit Annual Report and press release highlighting 2017

ar18-v1.jpg11 April | 2018 Today Oikocredit published its annual report and press release for its 2017 financial results. full story

Oikocredit Feature in Positive News

positive-news-logo.png06 April | 2018 Oikocredit has been listed on the Brands of Inspiration page of Positive News. This section looks at organisations with a positive story to tell including Oikocredit. full story

Churches Together in Britain & Ireland: How microfinance is empowering Kenyan women

CTBI.png06 April | 2018 Since 1981, the Kenyan Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) has provided loans and savings products to 500,000 women in Kenya. Oikocredit chose to partner with KWFT back in 2010, due to its focus on empowering female entrepreneurs, especially in rural areas. full story

Enhancing coffee cooperatives’ price risk management

IMG_8949.jpg29 March | 2018 From 21 February to 1 March, Oikocredit held two workshops in the Peruvian city of Jaén on price risk management (PRM) for coffee cooperatives in Peru and Colombia. full story

Highgate Society: Use your money for good – options for ethical investing

Highgate Society.jpg28 March | 2018 A packed audience came along to the Highgate Society on Wednesday 21st March 2018 to find out about sustainable banking and ethical investing. Oikocredit, along with our good friends Ethex, were introduced to the room as a positive investing opportunity. full story

Oikocredit & the Employee Ownership Association

EOAlogo.png15 March | 2018 Oikocredit UK & Ireland is delighted to have just become members of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA). The EOA represents organisations which are employee-owned or transitioning to employee-ownership across the UK. full story

“Oikocredit is a frontrunner”: getting to know our director of risk

Laura Pool, director of risk at Oikocredit.jpg28 February | 2018 In December 2017, Oikocredit welcomed Laura Pool as our new director of risk and member of our managing board. We spoke to Laura about risk management, her passions and why she chose Oikocredit. full story

Green Christian Member invests with Oikocredit

greenchristian-LOGO.jpg27 February | 2018 Oikocredit UK & Ireland's Archie Pearson, interviews Green Christian member Anthony, on why he chooses to invest with Oikocredit and the role that social investing can play in today's world. full story

India summit: Putting people before profit by transforming the financial sector

ESA-IN-17.jpg22 February | 2018 Oikocredit and Maanaveeya, an Indian subsidiary of Oikocredit, in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV) are to co-host a summit on 23 February 2018 in Hyderabad, India to highlight the opportunities for microfinance institutions (MFIs) to become small finance banks (SFBs) whilst remaining true to their social mission. The event brings together representatives from 15 financial institutions/stakeholders across India. full story

Ethex: Introducing a very special brand of organic Fairtrade coffee to its investor base.

ethex_logo.png22 February | 2018 Oikocredit investee partner Coopfam helps its 450 member-farmers gain access to local, national and international markets. Women are able to play a key role in Coopfam's future by selling their own unqiue female only brand of coffee - Café Feminino. full story

Coffee for generations: Colombian coffee farmers’ perseverance and environmental care

RED-CO-51.jpg19 February | 2018 Oikocredit partner organisation Red Ecolsierra has enabled coffee farmers in Colombia to receive fair prices and increase the quality and quantity of production despite the violence and unrest that filled the region for decades. full story

Local presence is our strong point

Maria photo.jpg08 February | 2018 Maria Koramoa heads Oikocredit's country office in Accra, Ghana's capital, and is the deputy head of Oikocredit West Africa. As a financial expert, Maria has studied economics, sociology and education in Birmingham and the Cape Coast. She is specialised in microfinance and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. During a Skype call, Maria shared some insights into her work. full story

ECCR: January 2018 Newsletter

eccr.png05 February | 2018 ECCR's member in focus for January is Oikocredit. Featuring Oikocredit's case study on small-holder farmers and Oikocredit & ECCR's participation at the Faith Investment Summit in Switzerland. full story

Oikocredit and African Guarantee Fund sign new agreement to finance SMEs

AGF and Oikocredit 529 January | 2018 On 25 January, Oikocredit signed a new agreement with African Guarantee Fund (AGF) to boost financing to microfinance institutions and agricultural and renewable energy SMEs in Africa. The signing... full story

A sweet deal in southern Colombia

CONT-CO-47.jpg24 January | 2018 When it comes to committing to a business, there’s no doubting sugar cane farmer Pedro Bastidas. When asked about the development of his enterprise, he casually states: “In 2005, I exchanged my house for a sugar factory.” full story

Video: Support for women coffee growers in Brazil

CPFAM-BR-09.jpg12 January | 2018 Oikocredit partner Cooperativa dos Agricultores Familiares de Poço Fundo e Região (Coopfam) is a Brazilian coffee cooperative which is helping to empower women by supporting the production of a ... full story