In Ghana, many women run family businesses. In fact, some credit unions there say their female members borrow more often than male members.

Businesswomen worldwide work very hard at their jobs and their lives, but one Canadian credit union official discovered that few women work harder than those in Ghana.

Loree Gray, senior vice president of operations at $7.1 billion First West Credit Union in Langley, B.C., recently traveled to the West African nation as part of the Canadian Cooperative Association’s credit union coaching program. Gray, who spent three weeks visiting credit unions throughout Ghana with CCA officials, saw first hand how credit unions provide vital services to their members and how hard those members, particularly small scale women entrepreneurs, work to survive.

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