By Tiberius Onsongo

Government should stop the aggressive taxation drive

The latest Finance Bill has generated considerable debate and concern among ordinary Kenyans. The bill proposes several measures to correct the budget deficit, but one of the most controversial aspects is the dependence on high taxation. Despite its apparent simplicity, this method frequently results in damaging outcomes for both our financial standing and daily activities….

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Tiberias Onsongo

How to transform financial setbacks into success

In managing our finances and personal development, this is like a metaphorical transformation of milk to yogurt, and then to cheese, revealing a profound truth about the nature of mistakes and their ability to create value. Just as cheese is a more valuable dairy product than both milk and yoghurt and sour grape juice melts…

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Acumen Sacco members during their AGM.

How to improve governance of cooperatives, restore members’ confidence

Kenya is reputed to have the most vibrant cooperative sector in Africa. Financial cooperatives have grown exponentially necessitating the enactment of the sector-specific Sacco Societies Act, 2008, to regulate them. It is believed some Saccos have mobilised more deposits compared to some licenced commercial banks operating in the country. But what then ails this critical…

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Fred Sitati.

Why there is mismatch between proposed intergovernmental cooperative forum and defunct district committees

One of the reform measures introduced by the Ministry of Cooperatives upon operationalisation of the Cooperative Societies Act, No 12 of 1997 was the creation of DCDCs vide a Commissioner’s Circular letter. This came in the wake of diminished donor funding to the sector due to what was infamously referred to as “donor fatigue”. The…

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Tiberius Onsongo

The silent killer of Kenyan Saccos

In the fast-paced arena of financial management, Kenya Saccos serve as beacons of resilience and innovation, navigating turbulent cash flow through strategic foresight and careful planning. As a cornerstone of financial inclusion and community empowerment, Saccos play a critical role in Kenya’s economic fabric and serve as an important conduit for savings mobilisation and credit…

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Fred Sitati, Co-operative Movement Consultant

Draft Cooperatives Bill needs to reflect proposals in Sessional Paper No 4 of 2020

The enactment of the Cooperative Societies Act, No 39 of 1966 was the outcome of the Sessional Paper No. 10 of 1965 on “African Socialism and its Application to Planning in Kenya”, while the subsequent enactment of the Cooperative Societies Act, No 12 of 1997 (Amendment 2004) was anchored on the Sessional Paper No. 6…

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Sacco re-branding is a great idea if properly planned

A number of Saccos have rebranded to breathe a new life into their existence. The hope is that with a change they will be able to capture the imagination of members, both existing and prospective, in a way that will bring positive energy and reinvigorate the many lattices that may have been rendered ineffective by…

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SACCO Saccos
Ben Oroko

How Saccos can assist members to spread out their investments

Saccos are democratically owned and member-controlled financial institutions that play a pivotal role in Kenya’s financial services economy. These credit cooperatives more often than not provide a wide range of products and financial services to their members, including but not limited to savings, loans, insurance and investment. Saccos can play an important role in assisting…

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Dorcas Ndegwa Nyambura

When all said and done, Saccos have to make profits

Over time, Saccos are increasingly popular as a means of accessing financial services in the country. They are member-based entities which run on the principle of bringing resources together before providing affordable credit. Like other financial institutions that include microfinance, commercial banks and mobile lenders, they work day and night towards maximizing profit. Saccos have…

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Insider Lending: A dilemma for Saccos and financial sector

Insider lending is a process where a Savings and Credit Co-operative Society (Sacco) or a financial services institution advances loans to its officers or directors. However, in some developed countries, such as the United States, it is a requirement that such loans are charged at the same interest rate, repayment terms and credit evaluation criteria…

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