WOCCU & CUNA Host U.S. Congressional Delegtion
International Credit Union Development Highlighted
LEON, Mexico – Six Congressional staff members
joined representatives from the World Council of
Credit Unions, Inc. (WOCCU), the Credit Union
National Association (CUNA), and the Arizona,
California and Texas credit union leagues Monday,
kicking off the first U.S. Congressional
international credit union development fact-
WOCCU Senior Manager for Latin America and the
Caribbean Mark Cifuentes met the participants
here this afternoon. For Cifuentes, the week-
long tour highlighting three WOCCU projects is an
opportunity to demonstrate WOCCU methodology for
strengthening credit unions and increasing the
scope and depth of their outreach. "There really
is no substitute for seeing first-hand what these
credit unions mean for the people in their
communities," says Cifuentes.
CUNA Manager of Legislative Affairs Katie
Herberger and WOCCU Governmental Affairs Manager
Molly Schar spent the day traveling with most of
the Congressional staffers from Washington, D.C.
After a briefing, the group traveled to nearby
Guanajuato for dinner in the historic town with
officials of Caja Popular Mexicana (CPM),
Mexico's largest credit union.
Participants will tour CPM headquarters
Tuesday before proceeding to a rural branch
office to visit with credit union members.
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.