Idea spółdzielczości oszczędznościowo- pożyczkowej Franciszka Stefczyka jako przykład budowy wspólnoty gospodarczej i społecznej
Rocznik: 2017 Tom: 23 Numer: 2
The idea of credit unions on Polish lands arose during the annexation in XIX century. There’s an agreement between researchers that the idea of credit co-operatives, the same as cooperation at all, were a response to an economic liberalism idea. The purposes of credit co-operatives were to eliminate usury and to assure cheap loans for its members (farmers and craftsmen manly). The cooperative movement during the annexation were also the base of national identity. The article presents the beginnings of the credit cooperative movement and concentrates on the co-operative activity of Franciszek Stefczyk as one of the main representatives of Polish cooperative’s idea in XIX century. His activity was characterized by selflessness in creating strong co-operatives. He was an idealist – he created the organizations based not only on economic principles, but also on feeling the community and solidarity of associated people. The idea of credit unions concentrated on people and their needs and the funds gathered by members were only the way to achieve the goal.