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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

Oikocredit increases investments in low-income countries

foncom-bolivia-felix.jpg06/23/14 Oikocredit today released its social performance results for 2013, which reflect data reported by over 608 Oikocredit partner organizations. full story

Oikocredit summer meetings have begun

Oikocredit International staff and MT members present at the AGM06/16/14 The Oikocredit meetings for the board, cooperative members, staff and SAs began yesterday, Sunday 15 June in Piura, Peru and will conclude on Friday 20 June with the AGM. full story

Improving India’s health and sanitation

bwdc-india-mathavi.jpg06/13/14 As less than half of India’s 1.2 billion inhabitants live without access to safe drinking water and sanitary systems, Oikocredit’s Indian-based subsidiary, Maanaveeya, implemented a programme to help address water and sanitation needs. full story

Strengthening partner performance in Bolivia

felix-foncom-bolivia-square.jpg06/10/14 Fondo de la Comunidad (FONCOM) is an Oikocredit partner and microfinance institution (MFI) in Bolivia which mainly serves low-income earners in the urban and semi-urban areas of Cochabamba. The majority of FONCOM’s clients have set up micro, small or medium enterprises with few resources. In addition to providing loans, FONCOM offers its clients other financial services including savings products, utility bill payments and money transfers. FONCOM also provides employment to over 160 people through its seven branches across Bolivia. full story

Looking behind the lens

opmeer-reports-at-work-newsletter.jpg05/27/14 For 16 months, Dutch couple Wim and Pauline Opmeer travelled 34,000 km in their van across Latin America. The Dutch duo, Opmeer Reports, visited over 15 countries and numerous microfinance and agricultural organizations, and some Oikocredit offices, providing stories, videos and professional photos. The couple recently returned to the Netherlands where we spoke with them about their experiences. full story

Oikocredit’s latest deal in Nicaragua

micredito-02-nicaragua.jpg05/14/14 MiCrédito SA is a Nicaraguan microfinance institution (MFI) that provides loans to small-scale farmers and micro-entrepreneurs. Majority of MiCrédito’s clients live in rural areas and around 60% are women. full story

Uniting dairy farmers in Kenya

ol-kalou-dairy-kenya.jpg05/14/14 Ol’Kalou Dairy is a dairy collection company based in the remote farming county of Nyandarua. The company collects unpasteurised milk from around 7,000 registered milk suppliers, 3,500 of which actively supply milk to Ol’Kalou Dairy. 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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