PROMOTE SOCIAL JUSTICE & HUMAN DIGNITY THROUGH MICROFINANCE

PROMOTE SOCIAL JUSTICE & HUMAN DIGNITY THROUGH MICROFINANCE

Empowering the disadvantaged and vulnerable

ECLOF International, a not-for-profit foundation based in Switzerland, is the hub of a network of socially driven microfinance institutions that provide financial and non-financial services to micro entrepreneurs and smallholder farmers, thereby promoting human dignity and enabling self-sustainability.

  • ECLOF was registered as Ecumenical Church Loan Fund on April 29, 1946. Learn more about it.
  • Read about our activities in our Annual Report 2016 - available for download in English and in Spanish.
  • ECLOF India is a small MFI serving exclusively women. Download their Social Performance Report.
  • As part of the community engagement, ECLOF Philippines staff regularly engages in social activities.

What we do

Microfinance is an effective tool in enabling access to finance for disadvantaged communities who may not be able to access traditional sources of finance. ECLOF provides this financial access together with a range of non-financial services such as micro insurance and capacity building, e.g. on water and sanitation, bookkeeping, financial literacy, organic farming, and civil society development through the formation of groups.

ECLOF in figures

132 000

Clients

USD 37 M

Global Portfolio

74

Branches

976

Staff

Social Outreach

71%

Women

32%

Youth

60%

Rural

25%

Agricultural

Where we work

Click on the map to learn more about our members.

The ECLOF network consists of the global hub in Geneva and 13 independently governed and operated microfinance institutions – ECLOF members.

Strategic Themes

Voices from our partners

“With ECLOF we found a way to help many more people than by making a small donation of 400 Swiss francs to a single organization. It feels like multiplying our impact by factor 100. We would highly recommend other churches to consider placing an investment with ECLOF. Sitting on a bank account, the money certainly won’t profit the poor.”

André BourquiSwiss Roman Catholic congregation of Begnins

“With ECLOF International, the Sisters of Mercy have intentionally put their money “on mission,” helping to create a just world and a sustainable earth. In addition to ECLOF’s steadfast focus on mission, we appreciate the strength of a global network that combines insight from community and church leaders, as well as local staff, to reach those most in need.”

Sarah B. SmithMercy Partnership Fund

“We invest in ECLOF first, because of its focus on women and rural areas and its commitment to the social mission, then its flexibility to help small farmers and micro entrepreneurs. The network … is an additional strength because of the relationships that last over time. It is important to create strong infrastructure for these communities that will empower people in a variety of ways.”

Sister Corinne FlorekCommunities Investment Fund (RCIF)
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