ECLOF International celebrating 70th anniversary in Buenos Aires

17 November 2016 | The strength of the ECLOF network lies in its field operations in 19 countries that directly reach the vulnerable and disadvantaged. This is the reason why the ECLOF board decided to commemorate ECLOF International’s 70th anniversary through a series of three regional celebrations organized in the oldest ECLOF offices respectively in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Last month, ECLOF Argentina, founded in 1961 as the first ECLOF member in Latin America, hosted a day of celebration.

The board chair people and managing directors of ECLOF’s Latin American members and ECLOF International were joined by friends and partners of ECLOF Argentina—among them representatives of the local member churches and the government through the Microcredit National Committee—for a look back at common achievements and an outlook of what lies ahead. 

Founded in 1946 in Geneva, ECLOF International has a long history serving those in need. Along the way it has repeatedly adapted its model to changing times and environments but always retained its social mission. Having started as a funder for church rebuilding in post-war Europe, ECLOF shifted focus to the developing world in the 1960-ies where it initially financed churches’ social projects and during the 1980-ies became one of the first microfinance providers to entrepreneurs and farmers.

 

On a site visit to clients of ECLOF Argentina

On a site visit to clients of ECLOF Argentina

 

Members of board and management of ECLOF International with ECLOF’s Latin American Managers and their Argentinian hosts

Members of board and management of ECLOF International with ECLOF’s Latin American Managers and their Argentinian hosts