Crear and SWAMI Participants Discuss Best Practices
(l-r) Dieudonne Murekezi (Rwanda), Victor Botha (South Africa), Emile Esparon (Seychelles), Joel Ruhu (Kenya) and Kusi Boachie (Ghana) share best practices over breakfast.
Madison, WI—World Council of Credit
Unions, Inc. CEO, Pete Crear met with Strathmore-
World Council African Management Institute
(SWAMI) students and alumni at the seventh
annual African Congress this year to discuss
World Council, Kenya Union of Savings and
Co-operatives (KUSCCO), Canadian Co-operative
Association (CCA), Irish League of Credit Unions
(ILCU) and Louisiana Credit Union League hosted
the informal meeting.
About 20 students from Swaziland, Rwanda,
Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, Seychelles and
Kenya attended the gathering. SWAMI graduates
proudly wore their "Certified SACCO
Professional" pins, indicating their completion
of the SWAMI program.
Crear stressed to them the importance of
education and praised the program for preparing
African Savings and Credit Co-operative (SACCO)
staff and board members to advocate safe and
"SWAMI is a good initiative, and it's
momentum," he said. "The program is forming
future leaders who are passing on the knowledge
they've learned to others."
Crear highlighted the support generated for
SWAMI by the United States credit union
movement, specifically: CUNA Mutual Group, the
United States Agency for International
Development, Southeastern Regional Credit Union
School, African American Credit Union Coalition,
Louisiana Credit Union League, Pennsylvania
Credit Union League Foundation and American
Heritage Credit Union in Pennsylvania. He
recognized the global support for the program
from the ILCU Foundation and CCA.
Kusi Boachie and Francis Magezi spoke on
of the most recent SWAMI graduates and thanked
Crear for World Council's support to the popular
and successful program.
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, 57,000 credit unions in 103 countries serve 208 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.