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Oikocredit: Investing in people

May 5, 2009 | Comments Off | Financial Agents

Oikocredit is a Netherlands-based financial institution which specializes in ethical investments and whose aim is to finance development projects in the South. The name Oikocredit is a perfect representation of the organization’s philosophy: the word “Oiko” is derived from the ancient Greek oikos (meaning “house”, “community”, “world”), and “credit” refers to the Latin credere, “to believe”.

Working on a cooperative model, Oikocredit offers sustainable financial services to microfinance institutions, social enterprises and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) with the main objective of obtaining financing which is favorable to development. The criteria for attributing capital are based on the feasibility and viability of business projects, but also take into account gender equality and social and environmental impact.

With over 30 years of experience, Oikocredit has succeeded in developing a solid structure, and is currently present in 69 countries. The institution has survived the present financial crisis particularly well, returning positive results in 2008: in that year its investments grew by 32%.

Through financial services such as loans, share placements and credit lines, Oikocredit and its partners have helped 15 million people throughout the world to improve their living standards in 2008.

For further information, visit www.oikocredit.org


Financial Agents

May 1, 2009 | Comments Off | Financial Agents

The aim of Fair Street is to present the face of ethical and responsible finance. Along the way, you will not only discover the financial players involved in the Fair Street Project, but also other models which fascinate us. They all share the same objective: to combine social performance and economic performance. Their diversity will give you an idea of the numerous existing possibilities and opportunities available…