Co-ope News

Sh 70 million coffee milling factory for Tugen farmers

By Enock Kipturgut A Korean investor Reverend Cha Bo Yong is set to put up a Sh 70 million coffee milling factory that will benefit Tugen Hills Farmers’ Co-operative Society members. The society Chairman Mark Yatich noted that the factory is a landmark project that will empower coffee farmers in Baringo County and beyond besides fast-tracking economic growth. Baringo Governor ...

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Bingwa Sacco extends its reach nationally

By Staff Writer Bingwa Sacco has continued to expand its reach countrywide. The financial institution that has embraced information and communication technology in service delivery in September last year opened its 19th branch in Kagio town. The Sacco has consistently increased its presence in Kirinyaga County and surrounding regions. It also has presence in Nairobi and Kajiado counties. The 35 ...

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Wanjohi Co-operative Society to start operations in June

By Correspondent The process to revive Wanjohi Co-operative Society has begun Nyandarua County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Industrialization and Cooperative Raphael Njui has said. Njui met with a group of investors from Ziara Dairies at the society who will revamp the society. The co-operative will receive milk coolers and is expected to start milk processing in July 2020. It ...

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ACCOSCA steps up effort to strengthen co-operative sector

By Tsozungu Kombe African Confederation of Cooperatives Savings and Credit Associations (ACCOSCA) has established Africa Co-operative Development Fund (ACDF) to support programmes and activities in the co-operative movement. Speaking during the 20th Annual SACCA Congress in Mombasa County, ACCOSCA Chairman Cambridge Mdlalose said the organization has also been reaching members through african development educators programme. “We have intensified our advocacy ...

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Outlook for Co-op industry in 2020

By Jackson Okoth Economists are already projecting tougher times for Kenya’s economy this year. But even with grim prospects and gloomy statistics, the resilient Co-operative industry is putting on a brave face. Latest figures from Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (SASRA) databases indicate that Kenya’s Sacco Sub-sector holds total assets worth more than Sh 442.3 billion and Sh 305 billion in ...

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New law makes it easier for Saccos to blacklist defaulters

Legal limitation has increased Saccos’ loan portfolio risks By Jackson Okoth The process of blacklisting Sacco loan defaulters by Credit Reference Bureaus (CRB) will soon become mandatory. This is as soon as the Sacco Societies Act is amended to allow societies to share both positive and negative information of their members with the CRBs. These proposals are contained in the ...

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Co-op are tools for socio-economic development, says Munya

By Tsozungu Kombe The Government intends to ensure that co-operative societies become tools for social and economic development. This includes promotion of inclusivity and improved livelihoods for all through participation in the Big 4 Agenda. Speaking during the the 20th Annual SACCA Congress held in Mombasa County, Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperative, Peter Munya, said that the government ...

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Saccos lead banks in offering highest returns

By Munene Maina Saving and Credit Co-operative Societies (Sacco) still command the lead in offering highest interest on savings and dividends to members annually, latest industry report shows. The Sacco Supervision Annual Report, 2018 released by Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (SASRA) in August this year noted that Deposit-Taking (DT) Saccos paid an interest on the deposit at an average rate ...

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Men dominate boardrooms, top management of Saccos

Only 22.9 per cent of women hold CEO position    By Jackson Okoth Women are yet to break the glass ceiling in terms of ascending to top leadership in co-operative societies. Industry findings indicate that men still dominate boardrooms, management suites and internal audit positions within most of these societies. This gender disparity has remained intact more than 100 years since ...

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State-based Saccos dominate sector

By Jackson Okoth Government-based Deposit Taking-Saccos control majority of both total assets and total deposits in the Sacco sub sector. These financial co-operatives, which derive the bulk of their membership from Ministries, State agencies, Corporations and County Governments, controlled 37.67 per cent of the industry’s entire balance sheet of Sh 495.25 billion as at the end of 13 December 2018. ...

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