Vivienne 'privileged' to assist in developing credit union in Ghana
Published 28/01/2014 | 05:32
THE manager of Malahide Credit Union is heading off to Ghana to share her expertise in developing the credit union movement in the west African country.
Malahide Credit Union, in partnership with the Irish League of Credit Unions International Development Foundation (The Foundation), which is the charitable arm of the Irish credit union movement, is to provide assistance to help develop the Ghanaian credit union movement.
Vivienne Keavey, Manager of Malahide Credit Union, is taking part in a two-week volunteering programme, which will allow her to share her expertise, knowledge, and skills with her counterparts in Ghana.
Vivienne will travel to Ghana, accompanied by three other Irish credit union personnel, and visit rural credit unions to provide much needed technical assistance.
Vivienne Keavey, Manager, Malahide Credit Union said: 'I feel very privileged to be given this extraordinary opportunity to travel to Ghana and share with our counterparts the experience and knowledge of credit union operations in Ireland.
'I would like to thank Malahide Credit Union for their support with this venture, and the Foundation for providing this once in a lifetime opportunity. Malahide Credit Union is delighted to be associated with the work of the Irish League of Credit Unions International Development Foundation.'
The assistance provided by Vivienne and her colleagues will aim to strengthen credit unions by providing support on day to day operations, loan management, and human resource management.
The programme, administered by the Foundation in collaboration with the Canadian Co-operative Association, aims to alleviate poverty through the credit union model, by allowing some of the poorest communities in Ghana access to basic savings and loans facilities.
Alan Moore, General Manager of the Foundation said: 'Vivienne has been given this opportunity due to the immense generosity and support of credit unions across the island of Ireland.
'This two-week volunteering role allows Vivienne to observe how credit unions operate in West Africa and how her competencies can help develop credit unions. This programme would not be possible without the support of Malahide Credit Union; the Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support.'