street market in Nairobi, Kenya A street market in Nairobi, Kenya. Source: AdobeStock

CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, Wis., donated $125,000 to The ACCOSCA Academy, a project of the African Confederation of Cooperative Savings & Credit Associations (ACCOSCA), according to an announcement from Climb Africa, a fundraising campaign benefitting the in-the-works academy.

ACCOSCA is developing The ACCOSCA Academy to provide education and training for employees of SACCOs – savings and credit cooperatives in Africa that are members of ACCOSCA. According to Climb Africa’s website, the academy’s organizers are working to raise $1.2 million to outfit their offices and build a state-of-the-art Training Academy facility, and have set a goal of acquiring $680,000 of that amount from American credit unions and their partners.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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