Credit unions in Liberia have joined a consortium of international organizations and the Liberian government to raise awareness and desensitize the public about the threat of ebola. But credit unions’ small numbers in that country and a slowdown in development efforts raise the question of how effective their efforts may be.

The country’s nascent credit union movement headed by the Liberian Credit Union National Association on Aug. 20 joined with World Council of Credit Unions, the Irish League of Credit Unions and the Central Bank of Liberia to form Credit Unions Against Ebola. The group, which also includes Lonestar Cell Mobile Money and the Cooperative Development Agency, has pledged to help Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration combat the spread of the disease.

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