The vision of the Global Women's Leadership Network is to provide women with the opportunity and resources to make a measureable difference in the lives of each other, in the lives of credit union members and in their communities.
WOCCU created and serves as the hub of the network to bring together women from credit union systems around the world.
The network provides credit union professional women with an international network that engages them in professional and personal development through social media and educational forums. The network offers exposure to international perspectives on common challenges that we face across the globe, such as growth strategies, alternative capital, and efficiency in operations. By interacting with other professionals of their same gender in a business forum, women access unlimited resources and learn from the experiences of their peers. These women include credit union executives, board members, and business partners.
The Global Women's Leadership Network directly supports WOCCU development activities in three countries.
The nine project credit unions have reached over 80, 000 members, almost half of which are women. Combined, these women have saved US$18.3 million.
Approximately 40% of the farmers supported by the project credit unions are women farmers who otherwise would not have access to financial services or more productive agricultural techniques to increase their production, yield and income. Scholarships were provided to 17 orphans, 10 of which were girls, and of the 5 high school graduates whose school fees were paid by the project, 4 were girls.
Through WOCCU's partnership in Sri Lanka, the Women's Development Co-operative Society has reached a membership of over 68, 500 people. 53% of members have been given loans and more than $5.9 million has been mobilized in savings.
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