|Dash, the manager of the Beh Credit Union, in the CU office|
|In front of the credit union: l to r: Ganbold (the CU's accountant), Trudy, Dash, Gary. The word that can be seen on the blue sign is khorshoo, the Mongolian word for "co-operative".|
More recently, the credit union has started a transportation service as a ancilliary business; and it won an award from local authorities for its contribution to agriculture in the area. The prize was a tractor, and members can borrow it for their own agricultural activities.
When we asked Dash about the kind of people who join the credit union, he brings out a piece of paper listing all the members by age, gender and occupation, The membership is 51.3 per cent female and 48.7 per cent male, and 42 per cent are between the ages of 30 and 45. Dash runs down the list of occupations: "One member of parliament, 35 from the soum (local) government, 20 own small businesses, 48 work for private businesses, 16 herders, 10 work in agriculture.....and so on, until he gets to "one student". We talked about the impact of Gary and Trudy's coaching assignment, and Dash seemed pleased with their recommendations. "I am really glad that people in Canada came here and shared their experiences. It's really helpful for us."
-- Donna Balkan