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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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The Oikocredit Difference

We are different in various ways. First, we've been operating since 1975. As one of the pioneers in this field, we've gained a long-standing experience in this kind of financing. We don't just finance well-established and highly successful microfinance institutions (MFIs), but also riskier ones. These include NGO-based MFIs and credit and savings cooperatives, in both urban and (riskier) rural areas.

Also, Oikocredit works with a unique network of regional and country offices, staffed with local personnel who screen loan applications and remain in close contact with clients.

Unlike others, we provide loans in local currency. This is valuable for our project partners, who earn their income in local currency. A hard-currency obligation can be disadvantageous - or even disastrous - in the event of devaluation.