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Oikocredit’s first partner in Latin America

fepp-historic-image-470pixels.jpg05/27/15 In Ecuador over 20% of the population live below the national poverty line*. Among the country’s rural population this proportion rises to over 50%**. Fondo Ecuatoriano Populorum Progressio ... full story

The origin of Oikocredit’s name

candles-wcc-1968-220pixels.jpg05/19/15 Oikocredit’s roots can be traced back to a meeting of the World Council of Churches. During its 1968 General Assembly in Uppsala, Sweden, a number of young and politically engaged church members ... full story

Ylse van der Schoot: a strong leader who helped pave the way

Ylse van der Schoot05/12/15 At the end of April, Ylse van der Schoot, investor relations director announced that she would be leaving Oikocredit to pursue other challenges. Over her eight years with Oikocredit, Ylse has built a strong team, bringing structure and process to many of the cooperative’s operational activities. With the collaboration of her colleagues and the wider Oikocredit network, the department drove inflow of lendable funds from around € 460 million in 2009 to € 780 million in 2014. Her knowledge, commitment, drive and incredible work appetite will be sorely missed within the Oikocredit cooperative. We recently spoke with Ylse about her time with Oikocredit and what the mission means to her. full story

Oikocredit invests $5M in SA TAXI, South Africa

barbara-marcussen.jpg04/17/15 Worldwide cooperative and social investor, Oikocredit, has invested US$ 5 million in a six-year multi-currency syndicated loan facility totalling US$ 36 million with SA Taxi, a 98% owned subsidiary of Transaction Capital. The loan was arranged by Netherlands Development Finance Company, FMO, which invested US$ 10 million, in syndication with Cordiant (US$ 15 million), and Symbiotics (US$ 6 million). full story

Albert Hofsink: 20 years of combining a social and professional approach

albert-hofshink-small.jpg04/08/15 In early 2015, Oikocredit’s risk, compliance & IT director, Albert Hofsink, announced he had decided to leave Oikocredit in pursuit of a healthy work-life balance. At the end of April 2015, he will say goodbye and start-up his own business. Albert has worked at Oikocredit for almost 20 years, originally joining as finance manager. During his long tenure with Oikocredit, Albert has contributed to Oikocredit’s financial stability, risk management as well as serving on several boards, including an Oikocredit microfinance partner, HKL in Cambodia and Oikocredit’s Indian subsidiary, Maanaveeya. We recently spoke with Albert about his time with Oikocredit and where he sees the organization heading. full story

Annual report: pioneering sustainable development

Cover annual report 201404/01/15 Oikocredit's annual report for 2014 provides an update on operations and performance, including further detail about Oikocredit’s strategic investments in inclusive finance, agriculture and renewable energy. full story

Oikocredit records solid financial results

hands-nicolas-villaume.jpg03/24/15 Oikocredit’s recorded a net consolidated result of € 17.1 million, up from 2013 €13.4 million in 2013. Oikocredit managing director, Mr David Woods, said the results were testament to a sound ... full story

Oikocredit’s Latest Deal in Uganda

KCB-Uganda.jpg03/24/15 King's College Budo (KCB) is a mixed boarding secondary school which provides education at both ordinary and advanced levels. KCB was founded in 1906 by the Anglican Church of Uganda located in ... full story

Microfinance in Morocco

alkarama-mr-elmetiouy.jpg03/24/15 Fondation Al Karama pour la microfinance (Al Karama) is a microfinance institution (MFI) in Morocco that provides microloans and technical assistance to primarily women. As one of the oldest MFIs ... full story

A balanced financial approach

irene-and-max-470-pixels.jpg03/23/15 For 40 years, Oikocredit has balanced its social and financials returns. For the full year 2014, Oikocredit recorded another set of solid financial results. In acknowledgment of Oikocredit’s ... 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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