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Impact News Roundup - November 2021

Welcome to our monthly Impact News Roundup, where we highlight interesting news in

the impact investing industry along with insights from Oikocredit US. We are dedicated

to keeping our stakeholders informed and that starts here. Subscribe to our newsletter today!


The Top 7 Ways to Ensure Your Money Is Aligned With Your Values

We aren't the only ones aligning our values to invest in social change. This comprehensive guide is a great place to start for those who are new to impact investing.

"You already know that socially responsible or ESG investing is booming right now. Many investors, particularly millennials, are trying to align their investments with their values and are looking for investments that do better on things like carbon emissions or diversity."


A Conversation with Jane Reisman, Ph.D.

How do you know if your ethical, ESG, or impact investment is making a difference? Find out on the latest episode of Alignment: Using Your Values to Invest in Social Change. We spoke with Dr. Jane Reisman, a leading, global expert on impact measurement and management (IMM).

Jane Reisman, Ph.D., is an experienced evaluator, strategist and thought leader in the fields of philanthropy and impact investing. She founded ORS Impact and has advised clients such as the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), and World Economic Forum.


Oikocredit US' Board of Directors Achieves 100% Participation in Donation Matching Pool

We've got bold plans for the year ahead and our board has stepped up with a larger than ever matching pool of $17,910. All donations received by December 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar until the total of this pool is reached. Our board's 100% participation underscores their confidence in Oikocredit US' future. After doubling the size of our board this year and launching a recoverable grant product, we are poised with your help to accomplish even bigger goals in 2022.

We continue to explore new opportunities for people to make an impact in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Our many accomplishments this past year would not have been possible without our dedicated board and people like you. Thank you for your continued support.

If you'd like to contribute to our mission, consider doubling your charitable dollars by making a gift before December 31, 2021.


Microfinance: How Second Covid Wave Hammered Micro Lenders to Small Businesses, Individuals

In India, "Even as microfinance lending was able to recover to the pre-pandemic mark by [June 2021], the second wave and the following lockdown put a severe dent in the sector’s growth" from July through September.

Srikanth Goli, Associate Vice President of Research & Insights at Crif High Mark commented, “we expect good recovery [from October through December]. We should see a corresponding increase in originations as well since both inquiries and originations are correlated.”


Knowing the Difference Between Ethical, Responsible and Impact Investing

“Impact investing describes an approach where investors want to own companies with meaningful positive impacts and that are able to quantify the benefits to society or the environment which they deliver.”

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