The Aflatoun population continues to grow as NATCCO partners become more and more involved. Last September 11-13, San Dionisio Credit Cooperative (SDCC) took another big step by conducting Aflatoun orientations and launching the Program in the nine (9) participating schools in Parañaque. With the help of SDCC officers headed by Mrs. Marites Sanchez, teachers and students alike were drawn to the Aflatoun concept of Child Social and financial education. SDCC General Manager, Ms. Cielito Garrido, expressed her full support for the program and was attentive to the members’ questions about the processes of membership, deposit, and withdrawal. Having learned that SDCC has opened their membership to the entirety of Parañaque, teachers and parents who are non-members of SDCC but are aware of the Cooperative’s respectable reputation also expressed their interest to apply for membership and support the Program. The participating schools were as follows: Parañaque Elementary School, Parañaque Elementary School Unit II, San Dionisio Elementary School, La Huerta Elementary School, Silverio Annex Elementary School, Fourth Estate Elementary School, Sampaloc Site II Elementary School, San Agustin Elementary School, and Col. E. De Leon Elementary School. It was an enthusiastic welcome for both SDCC and NATCCO as the students openly expressed their willingness to save and their appreciation for a child-friendly banking system.
The launch was held at the SDCC training room with more than 50 students and teachers in attendance. SDCC CEO, Ms. Cielito Garrido, graced the event and shared an inspirational anecdote of her savings experience with the Cooperative back when she was the same age as the participating students. Mrs. Evelyn Luching, a BOD Member, reminded everyone that the launch marks the beginning of a financial journey and congratulated the students for being part of the Program. Most of the student-representatives were able to open their accounts during the launch and promised to continue and help spread the initiative of saving.
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