WOCCU Releases New Publication Focusing on Ecuador's Underserved
Madison, WI – In the third of its "FOCUS" series,
World Council of Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU)
released FOCUS Ecuador to "highlight the
achievements of two donor-funded programs which
have resulted in a stronger and safer credit union
system that reaches more and poorer member-clients
via innovative technology and diversified product
offerings" (from FOCUS Ecuador).
The publication is now available in PDF format on
the WOCCU website at
and was funded, in part, by the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID) Cooperative
FOCUS Ecuador explores the process of launching a
national credit union network – RedCoop – to reach
out to new members, especially those living in
underserved rural areas, through shared branching
and international remittances. In the second
WOCCU program highlighted in the publication,
members climb the ladder of financial services
through savings and credit groups. Known as
"Savings and Credit with Education" (SCWE), the
program works with credit unions to dispatch field
agents to help women without access to other
financial services to organize themselves into
small groups to combine to form a village bank to
gain access to small loans.
WOCCU senior manager for development finance Anna
Cora Evans, who co-authored the publication, said
"Credit unions in Ecuador have done an amazing job
of expanding access to financial services and
creating hope for thousands of poor Ecuadorians.
Their stories are full of valuable lessons and
serve as inspiration for those of us devoted to
making a difference through credit unions."
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.