Credit unions across Asia share knowledge

A network of credit union sister societies is expanding to Asia. The first three sister societies (SS) have recently been established in the Philippines, Nepal and Thailand. These are...

A network of credit union sister societies is expanding to Asia. The first three sister societies (SS) have recently been established in the Philippines, Nepal and Thailand. These are local groups of Global Women’s Leadership Network members who come together to exchange ideas, share information and impact their local communities.

Through the Sister Societies initiative, the network makes a difference both at local and international level. So far Sister Societies have been set up in eight different countries: USA, Fiji, Malawi, Jamaica, Nepal, Canada, Philippines and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Global Women’s Leadership Network is a hub created by the World Council of Credit Unions to bring together women from credit union sectors from across the world.

Brianne Hurford, communications manager for the Global Women’s Leadership Network, said: “Nepal just launched a Sister Society before the earthquake hit and already we have had received numerous inquiries and concern from our Network members worldwide about our Sisters in Nepal.”

Sister societies are also helping each other. The USA Arizona Sister Society hosted a fundraising drive at one of their meetings week to attendees to give via the World Council of Credit Unions Nepal Disaster Relief Fund.

“Launching the first Sister Society in Asia whilst in the Philippines was an opportunity to explain to the local staff that they were part of something bigger than just their credit union,” said Ms Hurford. “Men and women alike were excited to hear about that there was a Global Network backing their decision to launch the Business Development Center and Services, which provides business training and support to female entrepreneurs.

“They were eager to meet network members and draw from their expertise in marketing, technology, and business management. It was such a moving experience to see the Global Women’s Leadership Network’s mission in action.”

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