Afena History - Afena Federal Credit Union

Afena History

How we got where we are today…

At Afena, throughout our history we’ve been dedicated to serving our community. Our story began in 1957 when Marion Creech, Leonard Flannery, and George Shively founded Marion Independent FCU. It all started in the home of the treasurer, and our staff consisted of a single volunteer. From our first loan of $200, our focus has been giving our members the financial support they need.

Fast-forward to today…with three local branches, a new name, assets over $99 million, and over 8,000 members our focus is unchanged: helping our members achieve their financial dreams. As our member base grows, our service offerings continue to expand to meet changing needs. Although our community has expanded from the Fisher Body Division of General Motors to now include all of Grant, Wabash, Blackford, Jay, and Wells counties, as a not-for-profit credit union, Afena has remained true to our roots. We don't exist to earn money for shareholders, we exist to give our members what counts most in life - freedom, pride, and an enduring legacy. 

In 2019 Afena was certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). As Grant County’s only CDFI, Afena is mission-focused on increasing financial inclusion among the under-served and financially challenged individuals in our community. With the support of our many community partnerships, we continue to develop products, services, and programs that are specially designed to empower low-income and financially underserved people and families and help them enter the financial mainstream.

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