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Nigeria and Senegal declared Ebola free

seap-nigeria.jpg10/21/14 Despite the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Oikocredit’s operations in the region continue unaffected by the virus. full story

Mariam Dao tours Belgium and Germany

0811-cocovico-carrousel-photo.jpg10/09/14 Oikocredit representative for West Africa, Mariam Dao, has begun her tour of eight cities in Belgium and Germany. During her tour, Ms Dao will showcase Oikocredit's work in her region, in particular its work with agriculture, inclusive finance and women. full story

Oikocredit makes $2.5M investment in Zambian fish farm

yalelo-right-sidebar.jpg09/18/14 Social investor and worldwide cooperative, Oikocredit, this week invested US$ 2.5 million in Yalelo Ltd, a sustainable aquaculture company in Zambia. Yalelo farms tilapia in Lake Kariba which is ... full story

Advancing gender balance

Ylse and Irene-right-sidebar.jpg09/16/14 According to a recent study published by the Grant Thornton International Business Report, the proportion of women in senior roles worldwide has stagnated at 24%. At Oikocredit, the division of ... full story

Banking on a better future

anne-nakawunde.jpg08/27/14 Finance Trust Bank is a Ugandan microfinance bank and Oikocredit partner which was founded in 1984 to give women access to financial services. The bank was founded by a group of women who realised that the reason women were more economically disadvantaged in Uganda was because of their lack of access to financial services. Today the bank has over 200,000 clients, majority of which are female. We spoke with the CEO of Finance Trust Bank, Annet Nakawunde Mulindwa, about the history of the bank and how it continues to empower women 30 years on. full story

A woman in a man’s world

coop-maimon-2.jpg08/13/14 Like many Latin American countries, the Dominican Republic has a strong, male-oriented culture. Although this culture is beginning to shift, for many women in the Dominican Republic, life is a daily battle between running a household and slaying the ‘macho dragon’. full story

Oikocredit commits to Microcredit Summit Campaign

20140221_044.jpg08/06/14 Part of Oikocredit’s approach is maintaining a balance between financial, social and environmental impacts. As part of Oikocredit’s management of social performance, Oikocredit has signed-on as the Microcredit Summit Campaign’s latest commitment member. The Microcredit Summit Campaign is a microfinance industry initiative which aims to unite like-minded organizations in supporting clients to lift themselves out of poverty. full story

Uniting Uruguayan wool producers

clu-uruguay-latest-deals-small.jpg07/17/14 Central Lanera Uruguaya (CLU) is a cooperative which gathers and processes wool from around 2,500 farming families across Uruguay. Founded in 1969, CLU is organized as a second-tier cooperative which provides farmers with advanced payments and final prices for their wool and meat, ensuring they receive a stable income. full story

Funding renewable energy in Bulgaria

07/16/14 Union Solar is a renewable energy company established in 2010 to supply clean energy into the Bulgarian power grid. Since its establishment, the company has built a 2.5 megawatt solar park using photovoltaic (PV) systems. full story

Oikocredit meets with its founding member

David Woods at the first full meeting of the new Central Committee of the World Council of Churches07/10/14 From 2 to 9 July in Geneva, Switzerland, the first full meeting of the new Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) took place. Oikocredit’s managing director, David Woods, travelled to the event to address the Central Committee in a session focused on economic justice. full story

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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