Dec 1, 2016 – With the last of three regional events held in Arusha, ECLOF International concluded celebrations of its 70th anniversary.
ECLOF Tanzania, founded in 1960 as the first ECLOF member in Africa, hosted a day of celebration. The board chair people and managing directors of ECLOF’s African members and ECLOF International were joined by friends and partners of ECLOF Tanzania for a look back at common achievements and an outlook of what lies ahead. In Africa, emphasis over the coming years will be on further growing ECLOF’s outreach to rural dwellers and especially farmers through financial and non-financial services.
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.