A member of the Mbeere Muguka Sacco displays the various varieties of the crop during a recent education show where the youth were advised about the effects of each species.

Muguka farmers in Embu told to join Saccos to boost income

Muguka farmers in Embu County have been challenged to join existing Saccos to reap better incomes and enhance expanded marketing of the produce locally and regionally. Consolidation of the millions of shillings earned from Muguka sector daily under cooperatives would ensure that incomes from the business are not wasted but used to improve farming and…

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Principal Secretary Ministry of Mining Elijah Mwangi.

PS urges miners to form cooperative societies

The Government has launched campaign to mobilise persons who undertake Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) and Large-Scale Mining (LSM), to form Saccos aimed at ensuring earnings from the economically potential sector are prudently utilised. Formation of the Saccos, the Government hopes will ensure that miners especially artisanal and small-scale save portion of their income and…

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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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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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PS Cooperatives Patrick Kilemi (left) awards APSTAR Sacco youngest saver. Looking on is the Sacco Chair National Chairman Dr Philip Cherono. Photo Obegi Malack

PS Cooperatives urges SACCOs to hire competent officials

Principal Secretary Department for Cooperatives Patrick Kiburi Kilemi has asked Sacco members to always hire competent officials to run the SACCOs. He said incompetent officials are not able to perform leading to poor performance of most firms. Speaking during APSTAR Sacco (former Ukulima Sacco) 46th ADM at Serena Hotels he said the board should also…

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Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in charge of Co-operatives and MSMEs Development Hon. Simon Chelugui, EGH (left) receives the 2024 SACCA Mantle from his Botswana Counterpart Hon. Karabo Socraat Gare. This signified Kenya will host 2024 event.

Kenya to host African cooperatives congress

Savings and Credit Cooperative Annual (SACCA) Congress will be held in Kenya later this year. Plans to host the 2024 SACCA Congress in the country have started in earnest with the constitution of a high-level working group. The Congress will go along the same lines as the previous Continental Congresses that made important contributions towards…

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Non-deposit-taking Saccos to start paying regulatory levy

The non-withdrawable depositing taking (NWDT) Savings and Credit Co-operatives (Saccos) shall now be required to pay annual regulatory fee to the country’s Sacco Regulator, the Sacco Society Regulatory Authority (SASRA) as they fully come under its purview. According to the November Legal Notice by Sasra the rate of the annual Sacco Societies Levy will be…

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Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka. Photo: Courtesy

Co-operative Bill deferred after governors complain of being sidelined

The Co-operative Bill, 2023 has now been put on hold after county governors claimed that they were not consulted during the drafting. Sponsored by the government through the Ministry of Co-operatives and Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Development, the Bill was in Parliament to allow for its first reading before proceeding to other stages…

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