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Connexus : Issue 39
48 Connexus COMMUNITY Messages of success A little help goes a long way in the Village Entrepreneur program, and it’s a story worth telling. Three credit unions are partnering with CUFA in a new approach to promoting the Village Entrepreneur program. The program connects credit unions and their members to villagers in Cambodia and Timor Leste, with monthly donations to help them overcome poverty. In addition to the financial commitment, Quay Credit Union, Laboratories Credit Union and AWA Cr edit Union have distributed flyers about the life-changing program among customers and put news items about its success on their company websites and in newsletters. AWA marketing and operations manager Paul Brennan says his credit union strongly believes in demonstrating its values in a tangible way, and those values include helping people in need. “Par tnership with CUFA’s Village Entrepreneur program allows members to easily identify with our values and make them proud to be a part of AWA,” he says. The villagers are given a small investment to help them start or grow a small business – typically chicken or pig raising, roadside kiosks, and bicycle repairs and other basic services. how it works The program has a 99.8 per cent success rate. Success is when an entrepreneur no longer requires suppor t from their Community Investor and can provide for their family’s food, clothing, schooling and health expenses with their own sustainable income. For more information about partnering with CUFA in promoting Village Entrepreneur to your members, contact Stephanie Brown by phoning (02) 8299 9068 or emailing stephanie. firstname.lastname@example.org The villagers are given a small investment to help them start or grow a small business. 99.8% success rate villagers are given a small investment Bicycle repair Pig raising Chicken raising a village entrepreneur in Cambodia checks her crop.