Cowell joined the credit union movement after working at a bank that denied loan applications from a particular city ZIP code.
Not long after, she attended a Bible study at Friendship Baptist Church, where Pastor Bishop Duane C. Tisdale asked her to look into creating a financial institution for the church. The next day, she checked out the local library’s lone book about credit unions.
“I read it and I had this fire,” Cowell says.
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