Trelawny Co-operative Credit Union celebrates 50 years
The Trelawny Co-operative Credit Union (TCCU), which has assets of $2.1 billion, celebrated its 50th anniversary on January 11, a milestone of which manager Winston Tomlinson is proud.
"When this financial institution started in 1968 at Long Pond, the membership was 210, our shares were $17,000, and savings was $4,000. We have had tremendous growth, and the membership now stands at 33,294 and growing, shares are now $16 million, and savings is $1.7 billion," said Tomlinson.
Tomlinson, who has been with the TCCU for 40 years, 18 years as manager, said the celebration is all about the TCCU's members.
The TCCU aims to have 75 per cent of Trelawny's population become members. Tomlinson said there are plans to introduce people to the credit union through schools, hospitals and all workplaces in the parish. The organisation is currently working to form a bond with the Trelawny Taxi Association.
"Motor vehicle loans top the list of loans disbursed. I want the credit union to become a part of the culture of the people of Trelawny," said Tomlinson.
Jacques Thompson, a taxi operator, was full of praise for the TCCU.
"The credit union started me off with my first car and I am on to my third car, all bought through this bank," said Thompson.