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MADISON, Wis. — A record 72 credit union leaders from eight African countries recently participated in the World Council of Credit Unions Strathmore-WOCCU Management Institute held in Nairobi, Kenya.

The three-tier credit union certification program is designed to equip managers at credit unions, or SACCOs as they are called in Kenya, with tools, training and policies and governance procedures to help manage the financial institutions. At the end of the week-long program in November, 18 tier three SWAMI students graduated and joined the growing ranks of SWAMI alumni, earning the Certified SACCO Professional or CSP designation. Out of this graduating class, 12 of the students were managers and six were board members.

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