About Us

Established in May 1980, the Bahamas Co-operative League Limited is the non-governmental apex body for co-operatives in The Bahamas. We provide legislative and regulatory advocacy, professional development through training and promote and market the cooperative concept. This organization is committed to promoting “a high quality of life for our members through education, technical assistance, access to capital and marketing services, creating employment and diversification of self sustaining industries in The Bahamas.”

Our origin…..
In 1977, National Workers joined with three other credit unions (Anglican Diocesan, Salem Union Baptist Church, and Teachers & Salaried Workers) to explore the formation of an association. Leaders in this development included the late Sir Kendal Isaacs, Eris Moncur, the late Rev. Carlton Francis, Edward ‘Bobby’ Glinton, Huel Moss, Audley Humes, Albertha Byer and Rose Culmer.

This association was registered in May, 1980 as the Bahamas Credit Union League with Sir Kendal Isaacs as its first president, and six new credit unions were immediately added to the membership list. These were the Distillers, Bahamas Elks, Public Workers, Grand Bahama, Masonic and Eastern Star, and the New Providence Credit Union. The league established a full-time secretariat in 1981 with Valarie Clarke as its first manager.

Shortly thereafter the league joined the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions. In 1992 it opened its own office building in Pyfrom’s Addition named the KGL Isaacs Building. Two years later the organization’s name was changed to the Bahamas Cooperative League to reflect its status as the official umbrella association for the entire co-operative movement.

A need to offer more….
In 1999, after recognizing the need to provide its members with quality products and services the League established a wholly owned subsidiary, The Bahamas Cooperative League Insurance Brokerage Limited which provides quality insurance products to members of its affiliates.

How we are governed….
We are directed by a democratically elected Board of Directors. The function of the board is to ensure that the initiatives of the League serve the needs of the cooperative movement as well as provide assistance to the community at large.

The League maintains close affiliations with the Department of Cooperative Development, (CCCU) Caribbean Confederations of Credit Union, WOCCU World Council Credit Unions, (IICA) Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture and other organizations that affects the members of the movement.

 Our professional and dedicated management and staff work diligently to ensure that the products and services offered at the League are delivered with excellence.    





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