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What is Oikocredit?

Oikocredit is a worldwide financial cooperative that promotes global justice by empowering disadvantaged people with credit.

Our global membership and spirit of voluntarism sets us apart as a social investment fund. For over 35 years, Oikocredit has enabled socially conscious investors – both individuals and institutions – to invest easily in microfinance institutions, trade cooperatives, fair trade organizations, and small-to-medium sized enterprises, making a difference in the lives of the poor and disenfranchised around the world.

Active Commitment & Patient Capital

The active commitment of our members motivates us to provide long-term, patient investment capital to our partners and strengthen their capacity to reach poor and low-income communities in emerging economies around the world.  We believe in people-powered solutions to the challenges brought on by poverty.

Members of the cooperative take a vote at the 2011 Annual General Meeting in Tanzania.

Redistributing Wealth to Credit-Worthy Partners

Oikocredit aggregates investor money from people primarily in the developed world and then re-distributes those investments to responsible microfinance institutions and development-oriented organizations, mostly in the developing world.

In the process, we have proven that entrepreneurs, cooperatives, and small businesses in developing countries are credit-worthy partners that continuously attract social investors.

Regional volunteer groups

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Why volunteer groups?

Oikocredit Support Associations are collectives of volunteers whose members are engaged in promoting Oikocredit’s mission. Volunteer associations are part of a long-standing tradition in Oikocredit’s work. In addition to being active volunteers for Oikocredit, Support Associations are members of the Oikocredit International cooperative.

Oikocredit has two Support Associations based in the US – the Western Pennsylvania Support Association and the Oikocredit Northwest Support Association based in Seattle. Click on the regions to learn more about how you can get involved in your local Support Association.
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