The People's Credit Cooperative Society is a participatory cooperative union aiming to improve the socio-economic status of estate and mine workers in rural Malaysia.
Mission and Purpose
The People’s Credit Cooperative Society (Koperasi Kredit Rakyat (KKR)) was founded in 1975 in the rural town of Batang Berjuntai, Malaysia, to improve the socio-economic status of estate and mine workers through their increased involvement in economic activities.
Origins and Development
The KKR was founded in the 1970s by a church-led group who showed a film to plantation workers about how credit unions were being used in the Pacific Islands. Following this, interest amongst the community grew and a credit union was established. As time went on, members became interested in the benefits of a cooperative beyond economic returns and pursued training and funding to become an established cooperative .
Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
Funds are mobilized through members’ savings, and support KKR’s economic projects such as group insurance schemes, income generating activities, and community credit unions that provide financial services to members. KKR therefore links savers and borrowers in the same community. Members participate in the governance of the credit unions through the Area Committee and its sub committees, which meet on a monthly basis. At the annual General Meeting members have a chance to elect members of sub-committees and voice any concerns with the wider cooperative community.
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