Ecuador Launches International Remittance Program
New Payer Sets Record!
Madison, WI - World Council of Credit
Inc.'s (WOCCU) International Remittance Network
(IRnet) and its strategic partner, VIGO launched
remittance services in nine Ecuadorian credit
unions on Tuesday, May 31. Remittances can be
sent from the 200 IRnet credit unions or 3,700
VIGO independent agents in the United States and
are distributed by the newly formed credit union
owned REDCOOP (cooperative network) in Ecuador.
REDCOOP is part of a project that WOCCU has
working on since 2002 with the support of the
United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) that provides participating
credit unions with a national presence and more
points of service than any bank in Ecuador.
Remittances can currently be received at 45
points throughout the nationwide network, and
there are plans to expand to over 120 in the near
Early indications of success include
the volume of remittances received by REDCOOP,
which was higher than any other IRnet payer
during their first day of operation.
"The addition of this initial group of credit
unions will enable the Ecuadorian credit union
movement to provide a valuable service to its
more than 300,000 members. This new remittance
service will help
attract new members to the Ecuador credit
unions," stated WOCCU's COO and interim CEO,
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