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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.


Cooperative banking in El Salvador

July 28 2015

Banco Izalqueño de los Trabajadores Sociedad Cooperativa de RL de CV (Banco Izalqueño) is a regulated cooperative bank specialising in financing micro, small and medium enterprises as well as supporting municipal development such as parks, roads and markets. Established in 1991, Banco Izalqueño is one of six cooperative banks in El Salvador that is authorised to take monetary deposits from the public.

Financing micro and small entrepreneurs

Banco Izalqueño currently has three branches, mainly operating in urban areas in Sonsonate and Santa Tecla, with around two thirds of its members being women. Oikocredit is the first international lender to support Banco Izalqueño. Oikocredit disbursed the first tranche of its US$ 2.5 million loan to Banco Izalqueño in May 2015, which will be used to finance micro and small entrepreneurs and other productive sectors.

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