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Latest Global Statistics Prove Credit Unions Are Financially Sound

Expanding Credit Union Branches Reach More Members

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Madison, WI—World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) 2006 Statistical Report shows the international credit union movement is expanding at a rapid pace. In 2006, WOCCU’s survey of 97 countries found that 46,377 credit unions serve 172 million people worldwide.

For the first time, WOCCU captured data on the number of credit union branches to discover that credit unions have more than 125,107 branches worldwide. By comparison, Starbucks has only 13,168 locations and McDonald’s has 31,000 restaurants globally.

Credit unions grew 18% in assets over the previous year to surpass the $1 trillion mark for the first time, while managing more than $900 billion in savings. The Latin American region was the leader in asset growth with over $22 billion in assets by the end of 2006. As assets grew in credit unions, so did their capital. With a capitalization level of 9.8% of total non-risk adjusted assets, the international credit union movement is on solid footing.

A topic of concern for some regions, global membership in credit unions grew 9.5% in 2006, with Africa leading the growth curve in relative terms.

“As competition in the financial sector increases, credit unions are thriving because of their consumer-oriented lending practices and their ability to provide sustainable financial services for everyone,” said Pete Crear, WOCCU President & CEO. He added, “Credit unions instill confidence in an uncertain environment like today’s. We’re witnessing this firsthand as deposit levels are on the rise worldwide.”

By year-end 2006, WOCCU was implementing 19 multi-year technical assistance programs to strengthen credit unions in 15 countries, including six new programs in Afghanistan, Colombia, Kenya, Peru, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.

WOCCU has collected statistics on the international credit union movement from both member and non-member countries for 35 years to publish in its annual Statistical Report. The only source for such comprehensive data on the global credit union movement, WOCCU’s Statistical Report is widely cited by governments, international institutions and analysts. Download a copy of the 2006 report in English, French or Spanish, at: The full historical data set is also available online.

El Consejo Mundial de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito es la asociación gremial y agencia de desarrollo para el sistema internacional de cooperativas de ahorro y crédito. El Consejo Mundial promueve el crecimiento sustentable de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y otras cooperativas financieras en todo el mundo a fin de facultar a las personas para que mejoren su calidad de vida a través del acceso a servicios financieros asequibles y de alta calidad. El Consejo Mundial realiza esfuerzos de defensa activa en representación del sistema global de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito ante organizaciones internacionales y trabaja con gobiernos nacionales para mejorar la legislación y la regulación. Sus programas de asistencia técnica introducen nuevas herramientas y tecnologías para fortalecer el desempeño financiero de las cooperativas de ahorro y crédito y profundizar su alcance comunitario.

El Consejo Mundial ha implementado 290 programas de asistencia técnica en 71 países. A nivel mundial, 57,000 cooperativas de ahorro y crédito en 105 países atienden a 217 millones de personas. Obtenga más información sobre el impacto global del Consejo Mundial en

Contacto principal: Rebecca Carpenter
Organización: World Council of Credit Unions
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Teléfono: +1-608-395-2031
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