By: Joe Cowart
Reprinted with permission from Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald
AHOSKIE – Saving money is on the tip of everyone’s tongue, no matter the language.
That language barrier was broken here last week when Roanoke Electric Cooperative hosted a contingent from the Philippines. The visit stemmed from Roanoke Electric’s involvement with the Cooperative Development Alliance along with the Rural Electrification Financing Corporation (REFC) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Ltd during the summer of 2012.
“This particular project that has come together because of a partnership with Roanoke Electrical Cooperative, the Rural Electrification Financing Corporation of the Philippines, both organizations are contributing to the partnership along NRECA, with a grant from the US Agency for International Development,” says Jim Walsh, Senior Representative of the NRECA International Programs.
The REFC, established in 2001, is a private financing corporation in the Philippines that is dedicated to providing financing assistance to electric cooperatives, like Roanoke EC, in the Philippines. Primarily these funds are used to support their needs for commodities and services sourced from the United States.
NRECA International Ltd, a branch of the electric cooperatives’ national support network, was formed to promote international rural electrification development that has assisted in initiating the electric cooperative program in the Philippines.
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