Stories

CDF Canada and the Partnership in Asia

14 July 2022

CDF Canada, formerly CCA, started its journey in Asia in the 1970’s. The aim was to advocate the cooperative union’s philosophy and principles. We spoke with Ranjith Hettiarachchi, Chief of Technical Team, Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU), who worked with CDF Canada in its early years and recalled the work undertaken in […]

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Menstruation is Normal: Women taking Control of their Health and Hygiene

7 July 2022

Females are vital to the development and well-being of their families, communities, and countries. However, most women in Malawi regularly miss up to 50 days of school and work each year due to their lack of access to affordable sanitary pads. While inexpensive, eco-friendly, and sustainable sanitary pads exist, distribution channels have not been expanded […]

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International Cooperatives Day!

27 June 2022

The International Day of Cooperatives is an annual celebration of the cooperative movement that has taken place on the first Saturday of July since 1923.   This year on July 2, 2022, we are celebrating #CoopsDay under the theme of Cooperatives Build Better World. The aim here is to increase awareness of cooperatives and promote the movement’s […]

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Ethiopia: Cooperatives Build Better World!

27 June 2022

Selam Bahiru, a single mother with two children, is a Saving And Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO) member living in the Eranbuti community of Minjar Shenkora district. “Seven years ago, I started a street coffee and tea business with a small capital to support my family. However, I could not run the business due to the […]

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Ghana: 4R Cooperatives Building a Better World!

27 June 2022

“I will be lying If I said 4R cooperative has not benefited us and the entire community. Our lives have improved significantly.” – Cooperative Chairman Kito Nkwanta. Forming cooperatives is one of the approaches the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Project uses to engage smallholder farmers in Northern Ghana. These cooperatives consist of husband and wife, the […]

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Ukraine: Building a Sustainable Garment Industry

27 June 2022

Ukrainian garment businesses and all stakeholders involved in the industry face everyday risks along their supply chains. They are facing decreasing sales, lack of employees, and physical safety of their premises and teams. Nevertheless, the cooperative spirit of participatory garment industry projects is building a better future for the Ukrainian industry and, generally, the national […]

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Sadly the war in Ukraine continues, as does the need to focus on rebuilding and recovery

6 June 2022

A Balance of Relief and Recovery is Needed We remain forever grateful to relief agencies like the Red Cross and CARE, who continue to work tirelessly to provide emergency relief to the victims of Ukraine, including the resettlement of refugees in Canada. If you were amongst their donors, we thank you for opening your hearts […]

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Executive Directors

5 June 2022

  *Photo Credit: A Century of Co-operation by Ian MacPherson.

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The Rise of the Ghana Credit Union Movement

3 June 2022

Today, Ghana has a relatively strong credit union system that serves the needs of the people and their communities; however, this was not always the case. In fact, the credit union system looked very different in the early 1980’s and was on the brink of collapse. But with the dedication and expertise of international partners […]

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