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Let me introduce myself. I am Brian Gately, director of technical assistance for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions in New York. While at the federation, I have added credit union development educator to my title. Part of being a DE, a National Credit Union Foundation program, is committing to your own personally designed program whereby you will further credit union community development. I committed to working with a credit union in West Africa since I speak French.

In 2003, I met Abou Ndiaye, the manager of MECZY, Mutuelle d’Epargne et de Cr?dit de la Zone de Yoff. He had visited us at the federation after interning for two months at one of our member credit unions, Alternatives FCU, Ithaca, N.Y. We remained in contact ever since and a couple of years ago, I let him know my plan to work with a West African credit union, and he invited me to his just outside of Dakar, Senegal.

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