Gor Mahia Sacco gives members chance to dream big

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Feb 28, 2017
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By Amoto Dennis

Slightly a year after Gor Mahia FC Sav­ings and Credit Co-operative was launched by the club’s patron, Raila Odinga; the Sacco is mov­ing to gain a foothold in the competitive savings mobi­lization and credit provi­sion space.

Establishment of the Sacco meant to make the club financially indepen­dent and also to help em­power its members which is creating excitement and hope among many fans of Gor Mahia Football Club, commonly known as K’Ogalo.

According to Dick Ndiewo, a resident of Yimbo location in Bondo Constituency, Siaya County the Sacco will bolster many lives in different ways, em­phasizing, however, that the club must embark on an ag­gressive membership drive.

‘’This will see the club earn revenue in membership fee with proper education to entice more Kenyans to join the Sacco”.

He says that an enrol­ment of just half a million members each paying just Sh100 would see K’Ogalo go places and build a state-of–the-art stadium or two in Kenya .

“A Gor stadium would be a prudent way of invest­ment that would not only see the club have a training ground but also earn some more cash and keep off debts , added Ndiewo. Cur­rently, Gor Mahia trains at the Jericho’s Camp Toyoyo Grounds where the club pays Sh10, 000 per day.

Ndiewo believes K’Ogalo must plan for a future without a sponsor, pointing out that such a de­velopment can only be pos­sible if the club pursues oth­er avenues like the Savings and Credit Co-Operative Society besides sponsor­ships. SportPesa are current­ly the shirt sponsors for the Kenyan Premier League champions.

In addition to launch­ing its first Public Service Vehicle (PSV) bus that be­gan operating early this year with maiden trip to Usenge, through Kisumu and Bondo towns, the Sacco has also intensified recruitment of Kenyans who want to save and get loan facilities at af­fordable rates regardless of football affiliation.

He says though he ex­celled as a star during his days at Gor Mahia Club now he lives from hand to mouth selling water in Yim­bo Usenge.

‘’It is not a very pleasant life, had Gor Mahia Sacco been established maybe life could have been better,’’ he regrets.

Speaking during the launch of the Sacco, Gor Mahia Chairman Ambrose Rachier (pictured) said the initiative is a significant move towards developing the public economically as well as helping Gor club.

“This is an innovative initiative that is open to all interested people and cor­porates. It is intended to im­prove the welfare of com­munities and by joining the Sacco, one will also help Gor Mahia from the regis­tration fee they will pay.

Raila on his part said the project reflects the in­herent Kenyan dream. A Kenya that gives her citi­zens the opportunity to re­alize their dreams.

“It is my hope that peo­ple, especially the youth, will take up the opportu­nity to join the Gor Ma­hia Sacco to draw optimal benefit to empower them socially and economical­ly,” he said.

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