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Empowering Women Credit Union Managers

Did you know that since 2002, more than 239 women managers of overseas financial co-operatives have come to Canada each year for a unique training opportunity? The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) created the Women’s Mentorship Program to empower participants so they can make a difference in their home countries. From intensive training in best practices, including governance, loan default, and communication, to a 10-day immersion at a local Canadian credit union and community, the participants begin as strangers and soon become sisters.

When the participants return home, CDF and Canadian credit unions provide ongoing support as the women share what they’ve learned and work to break down barriers. It’s a mutual learning experience for everyone involved!

On this episode we speak to several women about what the Women’s Mentorship Program means to them. Have a listen.

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