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    Truliant FCU Assisting Entrepreneurs in Underserved Areas with Financial Literacy

    Marjorie Rorie, Director of Community Services for Truliant Federal Credit Union chats with students during the credit union's REAL Entrepreneurship class.
    Thanks to Truliant Federal Credit Union’s Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) Entrepreneurship Program, small business owners and entrepreneurs are receiving a comprehensive education on financial and business literacy in underserved and rural communities in North Carolina.

    Truliant FCU used an innovative and experiential entrepreneurship training curriculum, developed by North Carolina REAL Enterprises, Inc., an organization whose mission is to develop entrepreneurial talent through action learning and to foster the creation of sustainable enterprises throughout North Carolina, with special emphasis on rural communities. Truliant FCU received a grant for the REAL Entrepreneurship program last year from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to cover the cost of instruction and materials for program classes.

    “Our goal is to work with entrepreneurs in low wealth and rural communities to provide money management skills that improve their financial position and also build their financial strength to access more products and services,” according to Marjorie Rorie, Director of Community Services for Truliant FCU.

    “Truliant FCU’s focus on experiential learning for their REAL Entrepreneurship program is a great approach,” said Lois Kitsch, National Program Director at NCUF. “At the National Credit Union Foundation, we’ve found experiential learning strategies to be one of the keys to a successful financial literacy program.”

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