In Ukraine, only large agricultural producers have full access to financial investments in the agricultural sector; as a result, small and medium-sized farms and individual entrepreneurs generally remain outside the financial system and are unable to obtain affordable credit. In this context, credit unions (CUs) are the only source of funding for small farmers and agricultural producers. Yet, CUs in Ukraine need support to strengthen their capacity and meet members’ needs, especially since the CU sector has lacked reform for more than 25 years.
The Credit for Agriculture Producers (CAP) Project is a four-year project (2016-2020) funded by USAID and implemented by World Council for Credit Unions (WOCCU). The purpose of the project is to improve access to agricultural credit via CUs by improving their legal and regulatory framework, strengthening their two CU national associations, and building capacity of CUs to better serve their members and meet credit needs. To achieve its objectives, the CAP Project, with support of international credit union experts and volunteers, works closely with the National Commission on Regulation of Financial Services Markets (NCSRFSM) and the two credit union associations: The All-Ukrainian Credit Union Association (AUCUA) and Ukrainian National Association of Savings and Credit Unions (UNASCU).
Quarterly Update (April 2019)
In Q2 FY19 (January 1 to March 31, 2019), CAP continued its advocacy to place the draft law on Credit Unions (#9078) on the daily agenda for the Parliament. The draft remains one of the key financial sector reform laws and has been repeatedly confirmed by the Chairman of the Committee on Financial Policy and Banking (FBAC). Moreover, CAP continued its work with the Regulator of the CU market (NCSRFSM) to strengthen the outdated regulatory framework.
The Agricultural Lending Working Group (AGLWG), comprised of 23 partner CUs, continued to work on expanding agribusiness lending as a strategic priority. In this quarter, CAP activities focused on further inclusion of CUs in agribusiness value chains (VCs) positioning them as key financial partners to small agribusiness producers. CAP organized its quarterly training event around the Agroport West Lviv 2019 Forum, leveraging the event as a platform for marketing among key agribusiness VC players in Ukraine and expanding knowledge of CUs and their clients. In Q2 FY19, despite deepening liquidity shortages and excess demand for credit, 23 CUs in AGLWG disbursed 677 new agribusiness loans for a total value of UAH 36,830,157 (USD 1,349,090), for a total of 4,866 new loans to date.This quarter also marks expansion of the WOCCU Model Credit Union Building (MCUB) pilot to six CUs that will undergo a structured business planning process, aimed at strengthening their financial and operational processes and preparing them for potential changes to the regulatory norms.
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CAP PROJECT NEWS
What opportunities agrarian receipts give credit unions - February
CUs overcome obstacles and reach farmers (Ukrainian and English) - February
Ukrainians don't get enough credit - February
Volunteers provide 'light of hope' in Ukraine - January
USAID helps to create credit unions in Ukraine (in Ukrainian) - October
Will credit unions become a catalyst for the growth of the Ukrainian village? (in Ukrainian) - October
The development of credit co-operation will allow attracting money to small agricultural producers (in Ukrainian) - October
Ukraine needs an Irish experience of credit unions (in Ukrainian) - October
Credit co-operation will provide an additional financial resource to small agricultural producers (in Ukrainian) - October
Ukraine will develop a new lending instrument (in Ukrainian) - October
USAID helps to create credit unions in Ukraine (in Ukrainian) - October Credit Union Group Gets Update on Project in Ukraine - August
Ukraine CAP project supported by international CU community - August
WOCCU project aims to develop Ukraine’s credit unions as agriculture lenders - May
World CU Community Supports Ukraine’s CUs - January
Credit Unions in Ukraine
- 78 total credit unions
- 564,100 members
- 104,417,411 USD in assetsmbers in Ukraine