PHILADELPHIA (10/6/14)--A delegation of 22 Kenyans traveled to eastern Pennsylvania last week to learn about best practices employed by U.S. credit unions, as well as about American credit union philosophy and culture.
|Tri County Area FCU President/CEO Andy Pistoria, left, teaches the Kenyan delegates who visited the credit union last week the ins and outs of a credit union's operation. (TriCounty Area FCU Photo)|
The trip included visits to several branch locations of American Heritage FCU, Philadelphia, with $1.4 billion in assets, where the delegates observed how a credit union and a credit union service organization operate on a day-to-day basis (Life is a Highway Oct. 2).
Joined by representatives of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association (PCUA), on Sept. 30, the American Heritage senior management team--including Bruce K. Foulke, president/CEO and board member for the World Council of Credit Unions--welcomed the group and gave them a tour of the credit union's 13-acre corporate campus.
Foulke also led an educational workshop about credit union operations that featured a Q&A session.
Later in the week, the contingent visited two Pottstown, Pa.-based credit unions: Diamond CU, with $437 million in assets, and Tri County Area FCU, with $111 million in assets, where the group was able to see how credit unions of various sizes function.
"As our Kenyan colleagues learn more about their counterparts here in Pennsylvania, they are realizing that many of the issues we face are the same, and that some of the techniques and solutions American credit unions provide can be adapted for use in their savings and credit cooperatives at home," according to Life is a Highway (Oct. 2).
The 22 delegates wrapped up their experience Friday at Sun East FCU, Aston, Pa., with $504 million in assets, where they spent time with Michel Kaczenski, Sun East CEO and board chair of the credit union's foundation.
Credit union representatives said they were excited to show the group their mobile branch, which can physically transport the credit union to workplaces and community events (Life is a Highway Oct. 3).
"As our Kenyan delegation coverage comes to a close, we wish them all safe travels," noted Life is a Highway. "There is no mistake that this opportunity will bring new skills and experiences to the savings and credit cooperatives in Kenya."