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Project begins RUSACCO board training in Amhara region

In February, the project successfully completed two RUSACCO board-member trainings in two woredas of Amhara. These trainings were designed for RUSACCO board members and coop promoters. In each woreda, there were about 30 participants. Additional trainings will be conducted through the month of March.

USDA representative visits the WOCCU-Ethiopia program

USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Representative, Colin Miller, visits the WOCCU-Ehiopia program. In this picture Colin and Stanley Kuehn, WOCCU Ethiopia Project Director, discuss program activities while visiting Sasun RUSACCO.

Sasun RUSACCO


Ametetsion Tsegaye is the only paid employee of Sasun RUSACCO. She is the bookkeeper and is shown standing outside of Sasun's front door holding the credit union's general ledger books, which she fills in by hand
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Berihun Gebreyohannes is a member of Sasun RUSACCO and a farmer. He is shown here standing his half-hectare (1.1 acre) of cabbage, currently his only crop. He also owns two cows, two oxen and handful of chickens.


WOCCU-Ethiopia celebrates Interational Credit Union Day


WOCCU-Ethiopia commemorated International Credit Union Day (ICU) along with government representatives and members of various cooperatives, by participating in a widely attended ICU day event. Stanley Kuehn, WOCCU's project director in Ethiopia, addressed the group of 500 participants by stressing that Savings and Credit Cooperatives worldwide have proudly put people before profits in order to provide access to affordable financial services for all members.

The day's events were concluded following a presentation by Yibeltal Asmare, WOCCU Credit Union Specialist, who provided an overview on WOCCU and the development of Savings and Credit Cooperatives worldwide.


From the provincial to the village level, WOCCU's training program addresses diverse needs

October 2011: WOCCU staff and development agents from the Tigray Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development train farmers on agricultural practices to help increase production and farmer income. The focus of the training was on animal husbandry. 102 farmers - 66 men and 36 female - from the community of Atsela in southern Tigray, participated in the training.

September 2011: WOCCU staff conducted a week-long RUSACCO Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop. There were a total of 30 participants from 18 project target woredas, seven SACCO Unions, and the Tigray Region Cooperative Promotion Agency (TRCPA) participated in the training. The goal of the training was to train woreda RUSACCO staff in SACCO management best practices.

U.S. Ambassador Donald E. Booth Travels to Mekele

WOCCU staff traveled to Mekele in Tigray Region to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and Tigray Bureau of Agriculture and Rural Development (BARD) which will provide farmers and small businesses related to agriculture access to credit and also provide technical assistance to credit union member farmers. U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth and USDA Ethiopia Counselor, Merritt Chesley were present for the signing and also visited prospective project SACCOs and farmer groups.

Front Row (l-r): Geazchew Gebru, Early Warning Response and Food Security/BoARD, Mezegebe Tsegay, Agriculture Extension and Research/BoARD, Stanley Kuehn, country representative & project director/WOCCU Ethiopia, Gebru Desta, Cooperatives Promotion and Market Development Agency/BoARD. Back Row (l-r): Abay Woldu, Regional President of Tigray, U.S. Ambassador Donald Booth.

A Prospective Project SACCO in the Tigray Region.

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