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Exposure Visit to Sri Lanka by Co-operative Credit Union

Exposure Visit to Sri Lanka by Co-operative Credit Union (CCU) Leaders from Mymensingh Region of Caritas Bangladesh

A team of eight Co-operative Credit Union leaders and two Program Officers from Mymensingh Region of Caritas Bangladesh visited Sri Lanka from 3rd to 9th October 2015 on an exposure tour aimed at familiarizing themselves with similar systems operating in Sri Lanka.

During their visit, they studied the community mobilization process and community -managed savings and credit system implemented by Caritas Sri Lanka network, as well as others such as the systems and procedures of Women Development Federation of Hambantota with nearly 70,000 members and its own banking system and social mobilization techniques. At a briefing lecture held at SEDEC Conference Hall, Dr. Sunil Silva, General Secretary / Chief Executive Officer, National Co-operative Council of Sri Lanka gave them the background of the Co-operative Movement in the country and also accompanied the visitors to the Ratnapura Co-operative Rural Bank Society. This visit was organized by Caritas Ratnapura Diocesan Centre. Further, the visitors were able to get insights into the “SANASA” Movement and “SANASA” Development Banking System which work together.

The visitors also met with Rev. Fr. George Sigamoney, National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka, Rev. Fr. B.A. Shriyan Fernando, Diocesan Director, Caritas Ratnapura and Rev. Fr. Damian Arsakularatne, former Diocesan Director, Caritas SED Galle for wide range of discussions on how the social animation programs of Caritas Sri Lanka have led to the formation of a large number of Self Help Groups (SHGs) who are symbolic of the empowerment process espoused by Caritas Sri Lanka. Most of these groups have been federated into independent Community Based Organizations (CBOs) which operate a variety of savings and credit schemes including Revolving Loan Funds.