CUs Bridge the Gap at Kenyan Orphanage

CU folks donate supplies, help with chores.

January 1, 2011

Credit union representatives delivered supplies and pitched in with chores at the Busia Compassionate Centre—an orphanage in Kenya—during an October 2010 visit sponsored by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU).

Pat Wesenberg
View a photo slide show from the visit to the Busia Compassionate Centre.

WOCCU began working with Busia as part of a program to help mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on economic growth. Program staff helped volunteers gain access to reliable food sources and education for the children, and the staff and children now grow staple crops on the orphanage grounds.

WOCCU also facilitated building renovations and enlisted credit unions to finance secondary school scholarships for older orphans.

With development funding shifting toward community projects such as Busia Compassionate Centre, credit union support for the orphanage opens the gateway for similar projects in the future.

The Busia project also paves the way for the next phase of WOCCU’s Kenya program, which is developing an application service provider, or core banking system, for small credit unions. The new technology is expected to help credit unions expand their growth and outreach in poor rural areas like Busia.