Who We Are
Our Story
Cufa emerged from the customer-owned banking movement in Australia but now we are an independent development agency, fully accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Australian Aid program, and a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development’s Code of Conduct.

Cufa started back in 1971 when a small group of dedicated Australian bankers in the credit union industry came together to make a difference to their neighbours in Asia, the Pacific Islands and Australia. They saw the charity handout to some of these communities were very ineffective and decided that to create real and lasting change in poor communities, a different approach was needed.

Cufa’s early work was to develop and support financial cooperatives, village banks and credit unions across the Asia Pacific region. We have worked in 27 countries across the Pacific, in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and many more countries.

Today, Cufa’s work covers all areas of economic development: micro-enterprise, social enterprises, employment placement programs, financial literacy education for both children and adults, and livelihoods programs. We work to help local people build their communities and participate in their local economies to create infinite value.

Learn more about Our Impact.