Oikocredit's 'development finance plus' approach enables us to make a lasting impact in communities around the world.
Sharlene Brown

National Director, Oikocredit USA

Need some microfinance schooling? Access our Learning Center to learn more about the work Oikocredit supports.

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Microfinance Basics

Microfinance Basics

Microfinance can be defined simply as financial services geared to the poor and very poor – a group which is traditionally excluded from formal banking institutions. For Oikocredit, it is also a tool in the global fight against poverty. Learn more about how microfinance works.

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Oikocredit USA Blog

Oikocredit USA Blog

Hear from industry experts to learn about innovations in microfinance, find out more about Oikocredit's efforts to combat poverty in different parts of the world, and hear more about the experiences of our staff.

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OikoLinks E-Newsletter

Subscribe to our quarterly e-newsletter! You can also find past versions online here.

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Download recent reports and factsheets from Oikocredit USA

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Archived broadcasts of our podcasts on microfinance industry news and current topics in international development.

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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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