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July 2, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The World Council of Credit Unions is working with MetLife Foundation to support research into the financial service needs of Mexico’s unbanked population aged between 18 and 35.Woccu has a long history of increasing credit union outreach in Mexico – 44% of the Mexican credit union membership growth has been unbanked ages 18–35.

Read more at  http://www.thenews.coop/96072/news/agriculture/international-news-june-2015/.

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July 2, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Co-operatives produce 60% of the world’s wine, but face difficulties when it comes to marketing and entering new markets. Addressing some of these challenges was one of the key topics discussed at the 4th Global Forum of Wine Co-operatives, which took place at the end of May in Argentina.

Read more at http://www.thenews.coop/96072/news/agriculture/international-news-june-2015/.

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July 2, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will extend its collaboration with the Rabobank Foundation to boost farming and food security in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The UN body partnered with the Dutch co-operative bank in 2013, when they began working on three projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. Through this programme farmers gained access to financial tools and managed to invest in more efficient production of food crops.

Read more at http://www.thenews.coop/96072/news/agriculture/international-news-june-2015/.

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June 30, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Michigan State University Student Housing Cooperative is currently in the process of buying two new properties to create a new student housing co-op. Holly Jo Sparks, the executive director of the Student Housing Cooperative, said part of the reason for expanding is that the Student Housing Cooperatives are always in high demand, even when full, as they offer students housing at a good cost. 

To read more about the expansion of student housing coops at Michigan State go to http://statenews.com/article/2015/06/student-housing-cooperative-looking-to-expand.

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June 25, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The status of women in India has been subjected to intense media glare over the past few years, and the safety of travel in India for women has been questioned. But one region has certainly made the empowerment of women a main focus. Ladakh is considered a particularly safe part of India for female travelers. And as Mariellen Ward found on a recent travel blogging trip, it's also a region where women's cooperatives and initiatives flourish. A shining example of the region’s commitment to raise the status of women is the Ladakhi Rural Women’s Enterprise (LRWE). 

Read more about this effort at https://www.facebook.com/gadventures/posts/10154072087416002.

 

Topics: Networking Tags: India, cooperatives, LRWE, Ladakh Comments: [comment_count]

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