Archie Pearson, who is a client executive with Oikocredit, spoke about his organization and its work. Established in 1975, Oikocredit provides loans to organizations and collectives in developing countries to help people out of poverty, especially rural communities and women. It invests mainly in smallholder agriculture, renewable energy and infrastructure. Archie gave three case studies: a loan company founded by Kenyan women, a tea company in Darjeeling (India) and an enterprise in Rwanda providing energy products for cooking. Since its founding, Oikocredit has disbursed over 3.3bn euros to organizations and its main base for raising capital is Holland, Germany and Switzerland. For further information about Oikocredit, see www.oikocredit.org.uk.
Trevor Evans, UNA Harpenden