Kajiado County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Gender , Cooperatives and Culture Janet Sereu has revealed that the county government will revive the annual Ushirika day celebrations which were stopped three years ago.
Speaking during the handing over of a cheque for the purchase of a new house to Muungano Women Group Housing Cooperative, the CECM revealed that the celebrations will provide a platform to award the best performing cooperatives.
The county has recorded the highest registration of cooperatives with residents expressing willingness of joining cooperatives.
Sereu noted that between the months of April and September 2023, the county government registered 30 new cooperatives, bringing the total number of cooperatives to 914.
“We want to double the registration of cooperatives,” she said as she lamented that the youth are reluctant in joining cooperatives.
The CECM urged the youth to join cooperatives to receive training from the county government for economic empowerment and urged cooperatives to be linked to the agriculture value chain in-order to benefit from aggregation centres that are coming up in every county.
She called on women groups to apply for Women Economic Empowerment Fund, revealing further that the county is also coming up with a policy to have a cooperative revolving fund.
Kajiado North MP Onesmus Ngogoyo urged the youth to form Saccos for economic stability instead of relying on handouts.
Muungano Women Group Housing Cooperative Chairperson Ruth Wakapa challenged young people to plan investments by forming Saccos.
By Obegi Malack
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