Ghanaian banker welcomed to Masset

  • Jun. 12, 2013 3:00 p.m.

by Jane Wilson–Masset’s Northern Savings Credit Union has been welcoming a Ghanaian credit union manager for the last week or so. Diana Basowah arrived June 5 to spend 10 days in Masset. She is one of 11 female credit union managers from six countries participating in Canadian Co-operative Association’s Women Mentoring Program. The program has been connecting credit union women leaders in developing countries with Canadian credit unions for 11 years and is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. “This is the second time we’ve had a woman from Ghana work with the Masset credit union,” said Masset NSCU Branch Manager Lareina Grosse, who has been assisting Ms Basowah in developing policies for staffing issues, as well as sharing and creating documents. Ms Grosse applied to the program after she herself went to Ghana in 2008 and 2009 to work mentoring in credit unions. “Going there, and learning from Ms Basowah this week have been some the highlights of my life,” she said, adding that the learning the learning “absolutely” goes both ways. “I’m really enjoying it,” said Ms Basowah of her work in Masset. She has 10 years’ experience in banking, and said her credit union is much smaller than the Masset branch, having assets totalling $650,000. “That may not sound like a lot of money,” said Ms Grosse, “but they have increased their asset size over 300 percent, her credit union is growing quickly.” Ms Basowah manages the Ghana Rubber Estates Ltd (GREL) Credit Union in Pakoradi, in western Ghana. The credit union has a staff of three and has 1,560 members, more than half of whom are women. Before coming to Masset Ms Basowah and the other women being mentored spent time in Ottawa working with staff from the Canadian Co-operative Association, and she will work with them again before leaving Canada. In the meantime, Ms Basowah said she is getting a chance to sightsee and describes the island as “lovely”.