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BLANTYRE, Malawi — A colorful representation of flags, national attire and cultural dances greeted more than 400 credit union delegates from 21 countries at the World Council of Credit Union’s Africa Congress, which kicked off Oct. 31.

Participants from across Africa, parts of Europe and North America met through Nov. 2 for the first time in the African nation to discuss issues around the theme “SACCOs: Mobilizing Savings for Sustainable Community Development.” SACCO, which stands for Savings and Credit Co-operative, is the acronym often used to describe Africa’s credit unions.

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