Unlike many banks, we here at Unison are not in business to make a profit. Credit unions all over the world are a united front focused on you, the member, with an unwavering belief in the “people helping people” philosophy upon which we were built.
In the U.S., we’re known as credit unions, but across the world, we go by many names…co-operative societies, cooperativas and caisses populaires to name a few.
This year, the cooperative spirit is coming to the Falkland Islands. Currently, one bank branch operates there, but the 2,300 workers who live there find access to credit limited. Through the World Council of Credit Unions, staff from a U.S. credit union are assisting in the development of a credit union of their own that can help the businesses that were refused bank financing.
Sometimes, starting a credit union isn’t enough. In Kenya, more than a million children have lost parents to AIDS. Many U.S. credit unions are supporting an orphanage in the town of Busia. The program provides food and security to these orphans, as well as financial access to the surrounding community.
Here too, in the U.S., credit unions are looking after their members.
One small credit union, made up only of family descendants of Manley and Lucy Williams, is helping members buy new cars, raise families and pay for college. Credit unions often think of their members as family and in this case, they literally are.
The credit union movement is a united force based on camaraderie, cooperation and collaboration. That’s why, at Unison, you are never a number — you are a member and we are here to serve you!
Stop by any of Unison’s locations on October 17th to celebrate International Credit Union Day by enjoying a treat with us!