The Association of Credit Unions in the Netherlands (ACUN) opened its doors in 2014 with the vision to serve SME entrepreneurs through its members. Since then, our goal has always been the same: to meet the financial needs of small and medium sized entrepreneurs and to provide our members with opportunities that enable entrepreneurs to succeed. With the support of our members, ACUN has now grown to 17 members, 352 entrepreneurs and to € 2,5 million in combined loans. We hope to continue growing with our community In the spirit of International Credit Union Day, let us look beyond our local community to recognize credit unions for the important role they play in many distressed urban and rural areas worldwide.
No matter where you are in the world, access to financial services is vital. Rich or poor, we all face similar challenges in life. Together, credit unions are helping members overcome those challenges — not only here in the Netherlands, but throughout the world. Credit unions have consistently carried on the traditions set forth by their founders and exemplified the values of common bond, thrift, self-sufficiency and volunteer leadership democratically elected from among the members. Those qualities help credit unions create a special place for themselves among the world’s financial institutions.