Certus staff unite to support rural Ethiopian women

€20,000 donation, as bank closes, to support our VSLA programme in rural Ethiopia

Banking on Her project to be rolled out to over 10,000 women in Ethiopia as UNITE  members donate €20,000 to project and aim to raise further €80,000

Staff from the Certus Branch of the UNITE Trade Union have donated €20,000 to Plan International’s Banking on Her economic literacy project for rural women in Ethiopia.

Former staff and management from Certus, ICC Bank and Bank of Scotland (Ireland) on St. Stephen’s Green are seeking to raise a further €80,000 for the child rights organisation to leave a sustainable legacy as the financial institution prepares to shut its doors for the last time later this year.

Bernard Daly from the Certus UNITE branch said:

We know that when we invest in women, their families and communities thrive.

“For every euro a woman earns in the developing world, she will reinvest 90% of it back into her family ensuring her children can access basic healthcare, education and nutrition.”

The Banking on Her project, part of Plan International’s Because I am a Girl movement, will roll out training in micro-finance to over 10,000 marginalised women through Plan International’s innovative Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) in rural Ethiopia.

This Staff Legacy Project will be a reminder to former staff of the three financial institutions of the good times shared by all, and of the importance of financial services in levelling the playing field for women all over the world.

CEO of Plan International Ireland, David Dalton said:

This wonderful gesture from the former staff will leave a mark in some of the poorest communities in Ethiopia for generations to come. The cycle of poverty can be broken when people are given the opportunity to realise their own ambitions.

“Our VSLAs give financial power back to women. They can save and access affordable loans to help set up their own businesses, pay for their children’s education or healthcare or stave off hardship in the event of a crop failing,” concluded David.