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Annual report for 2013 online

Cover Annual Report 201303/31/14 Oikocredit's annual report for 2013 provides an update on operations and performance, including further detail about Oikocredit’s strategic investments in Africa, agriculture and inclusive finance. full story

Adding value to microfinance

elikanah-spm.jpg03/26/14 As part of its work as a social investor, Oikocredit has a capacity building unit as part of the social performance department that assists partners and the wider microfinance community in maintaining social practices. Oikocredit has dedicated social performance officers in every region that mentor and support existing and potential partners in both day-to-day operations and longer-term social goals. Elikanah Ng’ang’a is one of Oikocredit’s social performance officers and covers four countries in East Africa. We recently spoke with Elikanah about the role of social performance in his region. full story

Oikocredit delivers solid financial results

alide-small.jpg03/19/14 Oikocredit recorded another set of solid results for the full year ended 31 December 2013. Throughout the year, Oikocredit continued its strategic investments in Africa, agriculture and inclusive finance, whilst looking to develop into other sectors. full story

Oikocredit's latest deal in Colombia

1742-red-col-01-lp-feature.jpg03/17/14 Red Ecolsierra is a small to medium sized organization of organic and Fairtrade coffee and honey growers located in the department of Magdalena, in the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia. The organization began in 1997 with 71 small producers and has since grown to include 318 members, majority of which remain smallholder farmers. full story

Reaching rural areas in Africa

adama-thiaw.jpg03/12/14 In recent years, Oikocredit has focussed on Africa as one of its strategic investment areas. Oikocredit currently has over € 70 million invested in Africa across a range of sectors, with the plan for further expansion. Financing of both agricultural enterprises and microfinance institutions will remain a core part of the portfolio. Microfinance institutions (MFIs) across Africa play a key role in access to financial services, with many microborrowers located in rural areas without access to finance. full story

Caring for coffee in Latin America

capucas-small.jpg03/05/14 As part of Oikocredit’s focus on agriculture, it supports various agricultural value chains, in particular coffee in Latin America. Coffee contributes to approximately 36% of Oikocredit’s total agricultural portfolio in Latin America, making it a focus area for investment in many countries. Coffee has been farmed in Latin America for centuries. Recently, this important sector was struck by a fast spreading fungal disease that could devastate farmers and the entire industry. The fungus causes coffee leaf rust, infecting the coffee plant’s leaves, making them fall off and weaken (and in extreme cases, kill) the coffee tree. full story

Update on Philippine operations

Update-on-Philippine-operations-220.jpg02/27/14 On 7-8 November, typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Visayas region of central Philippines, creating storm surges of 6 metres, inundating towns and destroying everything in its path. As communication was almost impossible for weeks after the typhoon hit, at the time it was reported that a total of eight Oikocredit partners were affected on the devastated islands of Leyte and Samar. full story

More than just quality coffee in Nicaragua

Aldea Global01/09/14 In the mountainous regions of northern Nicaragua, a not for profit association is working with 1,457 small scale farmers to produce Fairtrade and organic coffee. Asociación "Aldea Global", in Jinotega, produces coffee for export, as well as fresh produce for national markets.

The organization also provides its members with micro-loans, technical assistance and value-added commercialisation services. We recently spoke with Aldea Global’s general manager, Warren E. Armstrong, an American national living in Nicaragua since 1985, who joined Aldea Global in 2000. full story

Supporting small business in Rio de Janeiro

Socialcred-Constancia-Couto-130-20140102.jpg01/02/14 In what’s commonly known as the "favelas" of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, groups of women come together to design and make handicrafts for a living. Rio de Janeiro’s favelas are built around the edge of the main city and are associated with extreme poverty. The women’s groups are part of Asta, a cooperative which aims to teach women how to make products whilst providing a sales channel to sell them. full story

Season's greetings from Oikocredit

OIKO054_Kerstkaart 2013-130-95.png12/24/13 Season's greetings and the best wishes for the New Year from Oikocredit! full story

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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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