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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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Oikocredit in the World

As one of world’s largest sources of private funding for microfinance, Oikocredit provides loans and investment capital to microfinance institutions, cooperatives and fair trade organizations, and small-to-medium sized enterprises. Funds are used to fight poverty, promote fair trade and respect our planet’s natural resources.

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What are Support Associations?

The mission of our support associations is to promote the work of Oikocredit in their territories. Oikocredit Northwest is 1 of 29 Support Associations wordwide.

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Meet Oikocredit Northwest

Microfinance Basics

Microfinance can be defined simply as financial services geared to the poor and very poor – a group which is traditionally excluded from formal banking institutions. For Oikocredit, it is also a tool in the global fight against poverty. Learn more about how microfinance works.

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