Ivan Parra: Founding of the Credit Union, Focus and Strategy

Susanna Hegner

An experienced community organizer and trainer, Ivan Kohar Parra cofounded three organizations that engage hundreds of grassroots leaders in social change. He is Executive Director of the Latino Credit Union, a member-owned non-profit financial institution offering a full package of ethical, bilingual financial services, affordable credit options and financial education to thousands of immigrants.

The North Carolina Latino Coalition strengthens the leadership, voice and participation of immigrants in local, statewide and federal issues. It is a broad-based, multi-issue coalition of grassroots Latino congregations, neighborhood associations, unions, community centers and sports associations.

Durham Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods aims to strengthen congregations and community institutions by developing the skills and capacity of their leaders to be change agents in the public process.

A native of Bogota Colombia, Parra arrived in the United States 20 years ago with his family. He serves on the board of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation.

In this video, Parra details problems in the community that gave rise to the Latino Credit Union. 

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