The League began in 1962 as the ‘Credit Union Education Council’. As a basis for unifying existing credit unions, fostering the organization of new societies and defining a common vision and purpose for the Movement, the Council was duly registered on July 3, 1964 as the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Co-operative Credit Union League Ltd.
The League’s thrust as an apex body since inception has been to represent, promote, strengthen, monitor and integrate co-operatives. With the appointment of a manager and development officer in the late 1970s, the organization enhanced its capacity to provide regular training and education in co-operative management and enterprise. The League’s programme of organized guidance and development over the past 46 years has corresponded closely with the steady increase in the growth of credit unions and other co-operatives.
The establishment of the League brought national, regional and international profile to the local Credit Union Movement. The League mobilized the support of a range of stakeholders in 1978, including the Ministry of Education, the Co-operative Department and the International Labour Organization (ILO) for the development of a schools’ co-operative programme. The programme was inaugurated in November 1979, paving the way for junior co-operatives to be established in every community throughout the country. Through its representation on the West Indies Conference of Credit Societies (WICCS) during the 1960s and early 1970s, the League contributed to the formation and development of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions, the successor organization of WICCS.
In addition to the benefits of continuous education, the League brought significant gains to the Movement through the many initiatives that were developed as a result of the increased co-operation among credit unions. Under the aegis of the League, credit unions collectively negotiated entry into the CUNA Mutual Loan Protection and Life Savings insurance programmes during the 1980s. In 1986, the League established a Central Finance Facility to provide credit unions with a safe depository for savings and investment opportunities when needed. By orchestrating the solidarity of credit unions in presenting a united front to government the League was successful in facilitating the introduction of new legislation in 1999 that would positively impact the development of the Co-operative Sector.