The Antigua Barbuda Co-operative League Ltd. is the umbrella Body for both Financial and Non-Financial Co-operatives with responsibility for the overall direction and co-ordination of the national co-operative movement. The League operates as a representative organization and service provider for all affiliate members in Antigua and Barbuda. It offers and co-ordinates training in leadership development for staff, Board and Committee Members of the Movement.



It also:

Lobbies for the most conducive climate for Co-operatives to operate

Represents the Movement nationally, regionally and internationally at training conventions and conferences

Promotes and markets the Co-operative movement and encourage collaboration among its members

Provides training and operation support and advice on Anti Money Laundering and Combating of Financing of Terrorism.

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History of Co-operatives





     The roots of the modern Co-operative go as far as 1844 in Rochdale, Great Britain as a          consequence of the industrial Revolution. The dire economic conditions propelled                persons into      seeking solutions to alleviate the crisis. This gave rise to persons pooling      their resources to acquire enough capital to start businesses where goods were                    sold and the profits distributed to its members.


The Co-operatives concept in time was introduced to other countries with varying adaptations. The Caribbean formally embraced the movement in the 19th century when missionaries from Canada and the USA introduced the concept.


In Antigua, a financial Co-operative was introduced in the 1950's by Father John Peter Sullivan a Roman Catholic priest. Hence the St. Joseph's Credit Union was the first to be established followed by Ebenezer, the Antigua and Barbuda Teachers and the Antigua & Barbuda Police.


Today Co-operatives are in 80 countries around the world. From the 1950's to 2012 we have seen steady growth in Antigua & Barbuda of the six affiliated financial Co-operatives registered with the league the membership gross approximately 26,000 with an asset base of over $146 million. The Non- Financial Co-operatives have in excess of 200 members.



OUR VISION

TO BE RECOGNIZED AS THE PRINCIPLE UNIFYING BODY AMONG CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES ENCOURAGING WEALTH CREATION AND ON AND CONTINUOUS BENEFITS.

MISSION

TO PROMOTE THE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT THROUGH COLLABORATION ADVOCACY, AND EDUCATION..