“With so many Credit Unions, nobody need ever complain about a lack of easy access to a financial institution; wherever you live, you will live in easy reach of a Credit Union Office.”
two front teeth on that same hill thanks to winter, snow and tobogganing again: that time I used a low stonewall as an emergency stop. That hill had a lot to answer for. It was always a long trudge back up the hill laden down with shopping bags full.
The Co-op was really the centre of our lives back then. Our insurance company, and we had precious little to insure after the war, was the Co-op Insurance Company. In town, there was the main store that stocked just about every household good and appliance imaginable. In my teenage years, when I thought I would become a painter to rival the Impressionists, I bought my oil paints at the Co-op.
Much later in life, when I was already a successful writer of textbooks, I frequently lived for months on end at the in my life from my earliest days, which goes a long way in explaining my absolute faith in the global phenomenon that in Saint Lucia is represented by the Co-operative and Credit Union Movement.
The title of this piece is, as you may have noticed, Safety in Numbers; so here are a few – numbers, I mean. According to the World Wide Web, Saint Lucia has 18 credit unions (but there may be more: this number may be out of date). Of a population that numbers between 160 and 200-plus thousand, depending on whether it is an election year or not, an impressively precise number of Saint Lucians, 81,022 in all, are members of a credit union.
With so many credit unions, nobody need ever complain about a lack of easy access to a financial institution; wherever you live, you will live all-time favourite? Well, ask yourself, “Are we not all Workers?” We work to help ourselves; we work to support our families; we work because we have to, and we work because we must; we work for small causes and we work for greater ones; we work to make our country great, successful and attractive to our visitors; we work for Saint Lucia.
And so I return to the thought that prompted this tale: Yes, we have safety in the number of credit unions and cooperative societies that operate in this small island state, yet would it be too heretical to ask whether or not Saint Lucia would benefit from having one united credit union. I’m not sure – what do you think?
Editor’s note: The preceding was first published in April, 2015.