Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu has lauded the role of cooperatives in uplifting residents’ lives and as a key driver of economic growth in the county.
He noted that the county boasts of 210 registered cooperatives with a membership of over 98,000 and a total asset base of Ksh7.4 billion.
“Cooperative societies, as a mass movement in our county, have played a strategic role in uplifting the livelihoods of our community members,” he said.
Irungu was speaking in Nanyuki on Thursday during a consultative forum with 105 cooperative societies from Laikipia North and Laikipia East to deliberate on ways to boost their growth and enhance service delivery.
According to CECM in charge of Trade, Tourism, Cooperatives and Enterprise Development, Stephen Kisorio, the sector plays a critical role as an agent of economic empowerment among low-income communities in rural areas.
“We have a concrete plan to boost this sector that plays a critical role in alleviating poverty while distributing wealth among our rural communities, which have no access to loans from commercial banks,” he said.
By Amos Kerich
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