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Press Release

Oikocredit US to Wind Down

Offers Support to Impact Investing Peer

June 6, 2023 - Seattle, WA

Oikocredit US (OUS), a US nonprofit organization, announced today the wind down of its US operations. This decision by its board of directors marks the end of 38 years of successful operations in the United States, effective June 30th. OUS has played an active role in the impact investing space as a Support Association of Oikocredit International, a pioneering social impact investor and worldwide cooperative. As OUS prepares to wrap up its work, it will make an unrestricted grant of approximately $300,000 to support the work of one of its peers, Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN). WCCN improves the livelihoods of low-income people in Latin America through microfinance.

“Since inception, OUS has actively sought to advance the impact investing space, particularly for people in the US looking to make a difference in the Global South," said OUS board chair Antoinette Kenmuir-Evans. “We are proud of the research we have conducted which has highlighted unique findings and of the community of engaged stakeholders we have built. While winding down is bittersweet, we are delighted to support WCCN as a like-minded, impact investing peer nonprofit that operates with very similar values to our own.”


For nearly four decades, OUS has worked with individual investors, faith groups and donors. OUS, like other Support Associations of Oikocredit International, is also a shareholder and member of the cooperative. Support Associations mobilize volunteers to promote Oikocredit’s mission, build communities and encourage global learning about how to combat poverty. Oikocredit International’s operations are unaffected by OUS’ decision to wind down and will continue to meet the needs of local institutions serving low-income people in the Global South.

Oikocredit USA, which was a separate legal entity to Oikocredit International and had its own board, had raised more than $35 million from US individuals and faith-based organizations before dissolving in 2017 and returning funds to investors. OUS emerged at that same time through a merger of two Oikocredit Support Associations, Oikocredit Northwest USA and Oikocredit Western Pennsylvania Support Association (WPSA). WPSA, the older of the two Support Associations, was founded in 1985. OUS’ goal was to maintain Oikocredit’s presence and see if it could develop a new way for people in the US to invest in impact in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in the past four years,” noted OUS Chief Executive Officer Matt Eldridge. “We built a world-class team and board, launched an innovative educational webinar series together with Oikocredit Canada, and published rigorous market research. Demand for impact investing is growing exponentially, with extraordinary potential to channel capital from the world’s largest capital market to make a difference in low-income countries.”


Like OUS, the Madison, Wisconsin-based WCCN started nearly four decades ago. It has moved more than $160 million through partnerships with microfinance organizations and agricultural cooperatives in Latin America with philanthropic and investment capital from US individuals, faith-based organizations and foundations.

“We’re thrilled to receive such substantial support from OUS,” commented WCCN board chair Megan Vander Wyst. “We already co-invest with Oikocredit International in certain Latin American partners, and it’s clear that our stakeholders share a desire to make a positive impact in the world.”

“We recognize that OUS supporters care deeply about improving living conditions in low-income countries through impact investing,” said WCCN Executive Director Will Harris. “We couldn’t be more happy to offer them a new way to do so through WCCN.”

During the month of June, OUS will wrap up its activities and encourage stakeholders to learn more about and connect with WCCN. 


“We have valued our work with the team at OUS,” noted Oikocredit International Director of Inflow and Business Enablers Patrick Stutvoet. “The passion and commitment of Oikocredit supporters in the US and the market potential are clear. We wish our friends at WCCN well, and look forward to returning to the US market at the right time in the future.”

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About Working Capital for Community Needs

Founded in 1984, Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) is a social impact investing fund and community development organization whose mission is to create opportunities for access to microfinance, services and markets to improve the lives and communities of the working poor in Latin America. WCCN facilitates economic and social change opportunities by strengthening local community partner organizations, reducing inequality through financial inclusion and empowering individuals to work their way out of poverty.


About Oikocredit US

Oikocredit US (OUS) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the US Support Association of Oikocredit International. OUS seeks to reduce global poverty by supporting the work of Oikocredit International, providing educational programs on global economic development, and advocating for impact investing as a way to sustainably improve living conditions for people in low-income countries. OUS will wrap up its operations by June 30, 2023.


About Oikocredit International

Social impact investor and worldwide cooperative Oikocredit has five decades of experience funding organizations active in financial inclusion, agriculture and renewable energy. Oikocredit’s loans, equity investments and capacity building aim to enable people on low incomes in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean to improve their living standards sustainably. Oikocredit finances over 500 partners, with total outstanding capital of € 1,007.2 million as of December 31, 2022.

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