The vision of the Global Women's Leadership Network is to provide women with the opportunity and resources to make a measureable difference in the lives of each other, in the lives of credit union members and in their communities.
WOCCU created and serves as the hub of the network to bring together women from credit union systems around the world.
The network provides credit union professional women with an international network that engages them in professional and personal development through social media and educational forums. The network offers exposure to international perspectives on common challenges that we face across the globe, such as growth strategies, alternative capital, and efficiency in operations. By interacting with other professionals of their same gender in a business forum, women access unlimited resources and learn from the experiences of their peers. These women include credit union executives, board members, and business partners.
You can learn more about the Network and its opportunities on CUWomen.org.
The Global Women's Leadership Network directly supports WOCCU development activities in three countries.
The nine project credit unions have reached over 80,000 members, almost half of which are women. Combined, these women have saved US$18.3 million.
Approximately 40% of the farmers supported by the project credit unions are women farmers who otherwise would not have access to financial services or more productive agricultural techniques to increase their production, yield and income. Scholarships were provided to 17 orphans, 10 of which were girls, and of the 5 high school graduates whose school fees were paid by the project, 4 were girls.
Through WOCCU's partnership in Sri Lanka, the Women's Development Co-operative Society has reached a membership of over 68,500 people. 53% of members have been given loans and more than $5.9 million has been mobilized in savings.
CREDIT UNIONS AFFECTED: FACTS & FIGURES
Forty cooperatives in the the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO) network have been affected by the typhoon including 500 staff members; and this number is expected to rise since not all credit unions within the network have submitted their reports. Typhoon Haiyan’s greatest impact on credit unions is in Leyte, Eastern Samar, Capiz, Tacloban and Cebu municipalities and has the potential of distressing 1.5 million cooperative members.
Immediately after the storm, many credit unions visited or sent text messages to ensure staff and members were alright. The capacity to restore financial services is depending on the level of damage to each credit union facility. Generally, many cooperatives opened within one week after the typhoon and are currently running on generators. However, three credit unions in Leyte have not re-opened as well as the largest credit union in Tacloban City that has been severely damaged from wind and flooding.
Types of financial services and operations vary among cooperatives; however, most are trying to provide members with access to their savings. In many cooperatives members are requesting access to calamity loans so they may begin to rebuild their lives; while others who have such insurances are beginning to process their claims. In Cebu, credit unions are offering members access to generators so they can charge their cellphones.
As new information becomes available we will update this website. Please continue to check back or contact us if you have any questions.
WORLD COUNCIL RESPONSE
World Council is also coordinating response efforts among the Asian, Australian, American, Canadian and Irish credit union systems to maximize impact and ensure credit unions have the resources they need to provide immediate and long-term services for their members.
The Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, World Council's official gift-receiving and grantmaking entity, is committing financial resources to help credit unions and their members rebuild. Donations are currently being collected and thanks to CUNA Mutual Group's existing disaster fund with the Foundation, a grant of $15,000 has already been given to NATCCO for rebuilding efforts.
HOW DONATIONS WILL BE USED
WORLD COUNCIL PHILIPPINE EXPERTISE
In 2010, World Council received presidential commendation in recognition of its credit union development work in the Philippines. In 2002, World Council received the prestigious Herb Wagner Award from the National Credit Union Foundation for its Philippines Credit Union Empowerment and Strengthening program that transformed eleven credit unions from small and insolvent institutions to self-sustainable credit unions.
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Philippines Typhoon; Credit Unions, Members Affected
MADISON, Wis. — In the wake of super typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, World Council of Credit Unions is in contact with local authorities in the Philippines and our Australian member, Customer Owned Banking Association, to assess how to best help the 4.5 million people affected.
According to reports, typhoon Haiyan has killed an estimated 10,000 people. The situation has the potential to worsen should displaced credit union members and others not receive necessary assistance. World Council has worked with Philippines credit unions since 1996 and the most recent project focused on model credit union building and institutional branding. According to World Council's 2012 Statistical Report, there are 1,320 credit unions in the Philippines serving 4.3 million members last year.
World Council has led relief and rebuilding efforts during past international disasters, including the January 2010 Haitian earthquake, February 2006 Philippine Islands landslide and December 2004 Asian tsunami. Following the Haitian earthquake, World Council led a $1.2 million dollar project to provide immediate relief, provide shelter and revitalize the country's credit union system. Following the 2006 Philippines landslide in Leyte, World Council supported the local league's administration of "livelihood loans," small microloans that helped credit union members and employees rebuild their homes and businesses.
World Council is now prepared to provide disaster relief to credit union staff and support credit union rebuilding efforts following this latest disaster. Much-needed cash contributions from credit unions and individuals will provide assistance to those whose lives have been devastated by this terrible disaster.
To support the international credit union disaster relief fund and rebuilding of Philippine credit unions, payments via check, credit card or wire may be sent to:
Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, Inc., 5710 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI 53705, USA.
Individuals may make donations with a credit card online at www.woccu.org/give; credit unions may wire funds. For additional information, contact: Calyn Ostrowski, Director, Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions, +1-608-395-2056 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate that your donation is designated for Philippine Disaster Relief Fund.
World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.
World Council has implemented more than 290 technical assistance programs in 71 countries. Worldwide, 56,000 credit unions in 101 countries serve 200 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.
Contact: Rebecca Carpenter
Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Rooftop of one of the major credit unions in Leyte
Inside a credit union in Eastern Samar that has been damaged by Typhoon Haiyan
Credit union members line up outside the office in Leyte
Credit union member wait for relief
Photo courtesy of NATCCO