U.S. Congressional Delegation Learn About CU Development at WOCCU Project
Local television news TV AZTECA covered the Caja Popular Mexicana headquarters visit, interviewing WOCCU Senior Manager Mark Cifuentes (middle) and staff member Ben Cardenas (right) from the office of U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano.
LEON, Mexico-Caja Popular Mexicana, Mexico's
largest credit union with nearly a million
members, welcomed Tuesday the U.S. Congressional
staff delegation in Mexico this week to learn
about international credit union development.
The group, organized and co-sponsored by the
World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU),
Credit Union National Association (CUNA), and the
Arizona, California and Texas credit union
leagues, visited a branch office after morning
meetings at Caja Popular Mexicana
The WOCCU Caja Popular Mexicana project is
funded by the U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID) Office of Microenterprise
During the afternoon branch office visit in
Apaseo El Alto, three credit union members and
microentrepreneurs met with the group to describe
their experiences with credit unions, banks and
predatory lenders in Mexico. The Caja Popular
Mexicana Apaseo El Alto branch experiences the
largest volume of remittances-wire transfers
from family members living in the U.S.-in
Caja Popular Mexicana branch.
Late Tuesday, the group traveled to Queretaro,
where they will visit Caja Libertad Wednesday.
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, 51,000 credit unions in 100 countries serve 196 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at www.woccu.org.