Last May, the Association of Vermont Credit Unions and the Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito del Perú (FENACREP) signed a partnership agreement through World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) International Partnerships Program. In December, the partners took their next step in the development of their partnership by establishing a direct credit union-to-credit union (CU2CU) partnership.
Rocio Miyashiro Kiyan, CEO of ABACO Credit Union in Peru, and Manuel Rabines, CEO of FENACREP and member of the WOCCU board of directors, travelled to Rutland, Vermont to meet with Ron Hance, CEO Heritage Family Credit Union and member of the WOCCU board of directors. The CU2CU partnership will allow a direct channel for communication and technical assistance between ABACO Credit Union in Peru and Heritage Family Credit Union in Vermont. One of the central foci of the relationship will be a staff exchange program which will involve staff members from both credit unions.
During their visit, Rabines and Kiyan also had the opportunity to speak on public access television during a Rutland Chamber of Commerce event. Technical tours of Heritage’s branches were given also.
The visit ended in Burlington, Vermont where Rabines and Kiyan joined an Association of Vermont Credit Unions board meeting.
For more information, click here to see the press release.
By Josh Fetting, International Partnerships Program Specialist