A pizza shop owner from Santa Fe, N.M., has won a trip to Washington to speak at the National Credit Union Foundation’s annual Wegner Awards Dinner.

In his winning video, Oscar Rivera described how he had had an account with a bank four years ago but how the bank had declined to lend him money to purchase a car. A friend told him about the $100 million Guadalupe credit union, headquartered in Santa Fe. After he joined the credit union he was able to get and repay a loan for a car and a mobile home and then apply for and receive a mortgage and a loan to purchase the pizza shop with a partner. He still works at his other job to help make ends meet, he said, but he looks to the shop for the future.

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