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Community Development / Human Interest /  • September 15, 2017
Gender equality is the key to fighting hunger

In northern Ghana in West Africa, farmers are highly vulnerable to the vagaries of climate, such as drought and flooding. Such extreme events create hunger gaps — periods when families, especially children and women, go without. [caption id="at...

Community Development / Education /  • July 6, 2017
Coast Capital Savings gifts $1 million to SFU

This past May, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, (543,000 members, $15 billion in assets) gave $1 million to Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC to help support the university’s business incubator program, which has been rename...

Community Development / Human Interest /  • May 15, 2017
Putting the Bite on Hunger

Last year, First West Credit Union (250,000 members, $11 billion in assets) generated, via food collection and fundraising, the equivalent of 1.35 million meals for hungry British Columbians. First West and its local divisions: Valley Fi...

Community Development / Human Interest /  • May 5, 2017
Cheese-making nurtures gender equality in Colombia

By transforming milk into artisanal cheese, a small group of women in the municipality of Bolivar in north-western Colombia—an area once known for its guerrilla, paramilitary and drug-related violence—are transforming their lives. ...

Community Development /  • March 14, 2017
D.O.G. charms credit union members

Lily, Sunova Credit Union’s (34,300 members, $1.4 billion in assets) newest, four-legged Director of Greetings (D.O.G), took up her posting last month. The Saint Bernard puppy has been in training since the beginning of the year to tak...

Community Development / Sustainability /  • January 3, 2017
Co-ops in Rwanda turn the dryer on

Farmers in Rwanda, Africa’s most densely populated country, are embracing a new method of drying maize thanks to a Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) initiative that is heading into its final year. The CCA project began as a means to boost po...

Community Development / Human Interest /  • August 2, 2016
Powerline Films secures funding

A feature documentary about Canada’s cooperative movement has just received a much needed injection of cash from the Atkinson Decent Work Fund grant program, which will enable the film to be completed.

Banking / Community Development /  • July 26, 2016
Time Machine July 1945: What’s a credit union?

The follow excerpt comes from an entertaining article written by Jean Archibald and published in the Woman’s Point of View section of B.C. Credit Unionist in July 1945. It’s an interesting exchange, edited for brevity, that’s still relevant 71 years later!

Community Development / Economics /  • May 19, 2016
Italy’s social co-ops support asylum seekers
Italian social cooperatives support asylum seekers entering Europe

In early March, Federsolidarietà, Italy’s largest federation of social cooperatives, launched a national charter in support of asylum seekers entering Europe from high conflict regions such as Africa and the Middle East. Rather than close the Sche...

Community Development / Sustainability /  • March 10, 2016
Binners’ Project launches pilot: Binners Hook

Vancouver waste-picker collective, Binners' Project, begins the first test phase for their Binners Hook.

Banking / Community Development /  • January 25, 2016
Credit unions for Cuba

WOCCU is hoping to shrink the number of unbanked people by starting a conversation with Cuba about creating a framework that supports credit union development.

Banking / Community Development /  • July 1, 2015
Luminus supports Ontario’s Filipino Community
New program provides members with security, convenience and better exchange rates

Ontario’s Filipino community gets a $20,000 boost in addition to the support it receives through Luminus Financial’s Remit Now, Pay Later program.

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