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In 1844, a small group of weavers from Rochdale, England created the blueprint for how their newly-formed cooperative would operate and serve the local community. These values, known as the Seven Cooperative Principles, serve as the operating guidebook for credit unions and cooperatives throughout the world. This blog was created to honor that legacy and to showcase the everyday efforts of credit unions in the Carolinas that embody the cooperative mission and purpose.

 

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Principle 7: Self-Help Credit Union enters lending partnership for women entrepreneurs

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Monday, March 31, 2014
Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014

Principle Seven: Concern for community. Since credit unions are locally owned financial institutions, they are committed to investing in the community.

Self-Help Credit Union announced a partnership with Bank of America and the Tory Burch Foundation to provide loans to female entrepreneurs in North Carolina and three South Carolina counties. The initiative is part of a two-year, $10 million lending effort in selected regions & cities across the country.

Called Elizabeth Street Capital, the funding initiative will provide loans of $1,000 and up to women-owned businesses. Loan recipients will also benefit from mentoring and networking opportunities. Self-Help will administer the loans. 

According to a page posted on the Self-Help web site, businesses all 100 counties in North Carolina, as well as Chester, Lancaster and York Counties in South Carolina are eligible to apply. The Charlotte Observer explored the partnership between Bank of America, the Foundation and the credit union, in its Monday March 31 edition.    



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Principle 6: Frank Stasio on Durham's "impossible" co-op

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Principle Six: Cooperation among cooperatives. Credit unions work together to improve services to members and build sustainable communities.  

 
Frank Stasio's program, The State of Things,
may be heard on WUNC-FM weekdays at Noon.

Frank Stasio, the host of WUNC-FM's State of Things, penned a guest column in the Durham Herald-Sun celebrating the planned Durham Central Market (DCM). The Durham Central Market, a cooperative grocery store to be located near the downtown area of the Bull City, is being built thanks in part to a loan provided by Self-Help Credit Union.

Stasio's column, published February 15, shares the long track record of Durham doing "impossible" things. Included in the mix is the unlikely election of a Jewish mayor in 1951, as well as an entertaining account about a beaver dam that detoured a planned interstate highway.

"So when people said that it was impossible to get enough community financing to build a co-op grocery store in this city, I knew that the Durham Central Market would be open very soon," Stasio wrote. "Once again, Durham is on the verge of doing the impossible. People in this city are buying memberships in a store that that right now is only a hill of dirt at Kent Corner. And they’re making larger financial investments in the form of preferred shares, to buy a piece of an impossible dream -- a locally owned natural foods store that will encourage sustainable farming, responsible development, community engagement and job growth."

You may read Stasio's column Durham, where people do impossible things, by clicking here.

    

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