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Co-op workshop: Bank on something better – with barefoot co-operation

United
Nations International Day of the Co-operative
Community
Finance – Community Development:
What
Australia can learn from Asia’s Credit Co-ops
Begun
with the pennies of impoverished plantation workers, Malaysia now has
a credit co-op network of over 64,000 families. These operate in
small groups, which regularly reflect not only on the financial, but
also the social and increasingly the political conditions of their
members’ lives. These inquiries guide the co-ops’ ‘community’
dividend into programs for financial literacy, family life &
gender issues, and environmental sustainability.
Is
there any need to revive grassroots credit co-operatives in
Australia? Are there particular groups that might benefit? What can
we learn from Asia?
You
are invited to celebrate the UN Day of the Co-operative as Paul
Sinnapan Savriamuthu summarises the Malaysian method and
achievements, followed by brief responses from a number of local
co-operators. There will then be general discussion by delegates.
The Hon Dr Race Mathews, prominent mutualist advocate, will offer
some concluding thoughts on the discussion and key issues. 
 
When:
2.30 – 4.30 pm, Saturday 6th July 2013
Where:
Evatt Room, Trades Hall Council, Lygon Street Carlton
Cost:
Free.
Speakers
Paul
Sinnapan Savriamuthu: Malaysia’s ‘barefoot co-operator’
Jacques
Boulet: co-founder of Borderlands co-operative
Sarah
Taylor: young founder of co-operative enterprises in a Nepalese
village
Kevin
Vaughan: founder of a suburban no-interest-loan scheme for refugees
Cate
O’Dwyer: board-member of the former Fitzroy Carlton Community
Credit Co-op
Cardijn
Community Australia Inc.
For
further information contact David Moloney on 0417 704 427, or
dmo74189@bigpond.net.au