What is a credit co-operative? Unless you’re in one, most Singaporeans do not know of them nor the important role they play in society. More importantly, you may not be aware that there are plenty of benefits you can get from being a member of a credit co-op.

Co-ops are basically regulated social enterprises. They are organised on a voluntary basis, democratically controlled and member-owned, to achieve the common social or economic aim that benefits their members and/or society at large. In fact, co-ops are founded on values of self-help, mutual assistance, equality, care for community and co-operation.

As its name suggests, credit co-ops provide financial services to their members, and as I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of benefits you can get from being a member of a credit co-op – including savings with attractive interest rates, access to loans at competitive interest rates, and more. They help you grow your savings/nest egg for the future and/or if you need to take loans, you won’t be saddled with …