Equality is the theme of the 2015 International Day of Co-operatives!!

In our globalizing world inequality is on the rise

The global income gap has continued to widen over the past years. A recent Credit Suisse report estimates that the top 1 percent of the globe’s population possesses nearly half of the world’s wealth, whereas the bottom half of world’s population holds less than 1 percent of its riches.

But inequality comes in a variety of shades. It can apply to ethnic, regional or locational characteristics, or personal features such as gender or age.

Preceding equal voting rights for men and women, gender equality has been a fundamental right in co-operatives, since their inception in the first half of the 19th century. Co-operatives’ typically flat hierarchy encourages a culture of teamwork, where talent is rewarded rather than competitiveness.

How inequality affects us all

Inequality matters because it influences our perceptions about self-worth and justice. All human beings are entitled to the same respect and dignity. Inequality however, has also serious negative socio-economic and security consequences.

  • Bad for the economy – Inequality also slows GDP growth. It hinders human capital accumulation, hurts educational outcomes and long-term economic prospects for those on the lower end of the income ladder.
  • Bad for our infrastructure – When excluded, people cannot participate in the institutions that build a society. Examples of this are medical capacity building, industry requiring schooled craftsmen, or credit and insurance.
  • Bad for our safety – The social impacts of inequality include unemployment, violence, crime, humiliation, and deterioration of human capital and social exclusion. Inequality negatively affects democratic participation, it fosters corruption and civil conflict.
  • Bad for democracy – Politically, inequality erodes the fairness of institutions. Inequality exacerbates the problem of holding governments accountable. Where social institutions are already fragile, inequality further discourages the civic and social life that underpins effective collective decision-making which is necessary for the functioning of healthy societies.

How co-operatives help

  • All owners – By widening ownership, co-operatives are a proven force for economic and social inclusion. If the co-operative model continues to grow, inequality will be reduced.
  • Open to all – Because a coop is open to all, anybody, man or woman, old or young can enter.
  • Decision power not dependent on wealth – Because a coop has 1 vote regardless of the capital, all have equal decision power.
  • Equality means also equal access to goods – The UN have recognized as a critical strategy, at the national level, that of ensuring universal access to good-quality, basic goods and services, the very purpose of a co-operative.

The United Nations state that it is important to ensure that provision actually reaches the sections of the population that are typically excluded. Co-ops focus on meeting the needs of their members rather than financial returns alone.

The co-operative movement, presents a unique combination of global reach and people based business conduct. We can play an important role in poverty reduction. Co-operatives help to reduce inequality by empowering people and by offering them a dignified and sustainable way to make a living.

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SCHEDULE OF LICENSED DEPOSIT-TAKING SACCO SOCIETIES FOR PERIOD ENDING DECEMBER 2014

# NAME OF SOCIETY POSTAL ADDRESS
1. 2NK SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 12196-10109, NYERI
2. AFYA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 11607-00400, NAIROBI
3. AGRO-CHEM SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 94-40107, MUHORONI
4. AINABKOI FARMERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 120-30101, AINABKOI
5. AIRPORT SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 19001-00501, NAIROBI
6. ALL CHURCHES SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 2036-0100, THIKA
7. ARDHI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 28782-00200, NAIROBI
8. ASILI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 49064-00100, NAIROBI
9. BANANA HILL SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 333-00219, KARURI
10. BANDARI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 95011-80104,MOMBASA
11. BARAKA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1548-10101, KARATINA
12. BARATON UNIVERSITY SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 2500-30100, ELDORET.
13. BIASHARA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1895-10100, NYERI.
14. BINGWA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 434-10300, KERUGOYA.
15. BORESHA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 80-20103, ELDAMA RAVINE
16. BUSIA TESO TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 448-50400, BUSIA.
17. CAPITAL SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1479-60200, MERU
18. CENTENARY SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1207-60200, MERU
19. CHAI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 278-00200, NAIROBI.
20. CHUNA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 30197-00100, NAIROBI.
21. COMOCO SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 30135-00100, NAIROBI.
22. COSMOPOLITAN SACCO SOCIETY  LTD P.O BOX 1931-20100, NAKURU.
23. COUNTY SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 21-60103, RUNYENJES.
24. DAIMA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 2032-60100, EMBU
25. DHABITI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 353-60600, MAUA.
26. DIMKES SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 886-00900, KIAMBU.
27. DUMISHA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 84-200600, MARALAL.
28. ECO-PILLAR  SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Kapenguria Teachers Sacco) P.O BOX 48-30600, KAPENGURIA.
29. EGERTON UNIVERSITY SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 178-20115, EGERTON.
30. ELGON TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 27-50203, KAPSOKWONY.
31. ELIMU SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 10073-00100, NAIROBI.
32. ENEA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1836-10101, KARATINA.
33. FARIJI SACCO SOCIETY LTD   P.O BOX 589-00216, GITHUNGURI.
34. FORTUNE SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 559-10300, KERUGOYA.
35. FUNDILIMA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 62000-00200, NAIROBI.
36. GASTAMECO SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 189-60101, MANYATTA.
37. GITHUNGURI DAIRY & COMMUNITY  SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 896-00216, GITHUNGURI.
38. GOODFAITH SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 224-00222, UPLANDS.
39. GREEN HILLS COFFEE GROWERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Chebosobon Sacco) P.O BOX 59-20209, FORT TERNAN
40. GUSII MWALIMU SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1335-40200, KISII.
41. HARAMBEE  SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 47815-00100, NAIROBI.
42. HAZINA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 59877-00200, NAIROBI.
43. ILKISONKO RURAL FARMERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 91-00209, LOITOKITOK
44. IMARIKA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 712-80108, KILIFI.
45. IMARISHA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 682-20200, KERICHO.
46. IMENTI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 3192-60200, MERU.
47. ISIOLO TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 105 – 60300, ISIOLO
48. JACARANDA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 4-00232, RUIRU.
49. JAMII SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 57929-00200, NAIROBI.
50. JIJENGE SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 6222-01000, THIKA.
51. JITEGEMEE SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 86937-80100, MOMBASA
52. JUMUIKA SACCO (Formerly Chemelil Sacco Society Ltd ) P.O BOX 14-40112, AWASI.
53. KAIMOSI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 153-50305, SIRWA.
54. KAKAMEGA TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1150-50100, KAKAMEGA.
55. KATHERA RURAL SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 251-60202, NKUBU.
56. KEIYO TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 512-30700, ITEN.
57. KENPIPE SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 314-00507, NAIROBI.
58. KENVERSITY SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 10263-00100, NAIROBI.
59. KENYA ACHIEVAS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 3080-40200, KISII
60. KENYA BANKERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 73236-00200, NAIROBI.
61. KENYA CANNERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1124-01000, THIKA.
62. KENYA HIGHLANDS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 2085-002000, KERICHO.
63. KENYA MIDLAND SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 287-20400, BOMET.
64. KENYA POLICE SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 51042-00200, NAIROBI
65. KIAMBAA DAIRY RURAL SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 669-00219, KARURI.
66. KIMBILIO DAIMA SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Chepsol Tea Sacco) P.O BOX 81-20225, KIMULOT
67. KINGDOM SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 8017-00300, NAIROBI.
68. KIPSIGIS EDIS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 228-20400, BOMET.
69. KITE SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 2073-40100, KISUMU.
70. KITUI TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 254-90200, KITUI.
71. KMFRI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 80862 80100, MOMBASA.
72. KOLENGE TEA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 291-30301, NANDI HILLS
73. KONOIN SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 83-20403, MOGOGOSIEK.
74. KORU SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX Private Bag- 40104, KORU.
75. K-UNITY SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 268-00900, KIAMBU.
76. KWALE TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 123-80403, KWALE.
77. LAMU TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 110-80100, LAMU.
78. LENGO  SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 371-80200, MALINDI
79. MAGADI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 13-00205, MAGADI.
80. MAGEREZA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 53131-00200, NAIROBI.
81. MAISHA BORA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 30062-00100, NAIROBI.
82. MAONO DAIMA SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Mulot FSA Sacco) P.O BOX 41-20424, BOMET.
83. MARAKWET  TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 118-30705, KAPSOWAR.
84. MARSABIT TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 90-60500, MARSABIT.
85. KWETU SACCO  (Formerly Masaku Teachers Sacco P.O BOX 818-90100, MACHAKOS.
86. MENTOR SACCO SOC

IETY LTD

P.O BOX 789-10200, MURANG’A.
87. METROPOLITAN SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 871-00900, KIAMBU.
88. MILIKI SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Orthodox Sacco) P.O BOX 43582-00100, NAIROBI.
89. MMH SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 469-60600, MAUA.
90. MOI UNIVERSITY SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 23-30107, MOI UNIVERSITY.
91. MOMBASA PORT SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 95372-80104, MOMBASA.
92. MOMBASA TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 86515-80100, MOMBASA.
93. MUDETE FACTORY TEA GROWERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 221-50104, KAKAMEGA.
94. MUHIGIA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 83-10300, KERUGOYA.
95. MUKI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 398, NORTH KINANGOP.
96. MURATA  SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 816-10200, MURANG’A
97. MWALIMU NATIONAL  SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 62641-00200, NAIROBI.
98. MWEA RICE FARMERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 272-10303. WANGURU.
99. MWIETHERI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 2445-60100, EMBU.
100. MWINGI MWALIMU SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 489-90400, MWINGI.
101. MWITO SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 56763-00200, NAIROBI
102. NACICO SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 34525-00100, NAIROBI.
103. NAFAKA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 30586-00100, NAIROBI.
104. NAKU SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 78355-00507, NAIROBI.
105. NANDI FARMERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 333-30301, NANDI HILLS.
106. NANDI HEKIMA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 211-30300, KAPSABET.
107. NANDI TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 547-30300, KAPSABET.
108. NECCO SACCO (Formerly Nanyuki Equator Sacco Society) P.O BOX 1098-10400, NANYUKI.
109. NAROK TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 158-20500, NAROK.
110. NASSEFU SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 43338-00100, NAIROBI.
111. NATION SACCO SOCIET Y LTD P.O BOX 22022-00400, NAIROBI.
112. NAWIRI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 400-60100, EMBU.
113. NDEGE CHAI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 857-20200, KERICHO.
114. NDOSHA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 532-60401, CHOGORIA- MAARA
115. NEST SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 14551-00800, NAIROBI.
116. NG’ARISHA SACCO SOCIETY LTD  (formerly Bungoma Teachers Sacco) P.O BOX 1199-50200, BUNGOMA.
117. NITUNZE  SACCO SOCIETY P.O BOX 295-50102, MUMIAS.
118. NRS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 575-00902, KIKUYU.
119. NTIMINYAKIRU SACCO SOIETY LTD P.O BOX 3213-60200, MERU.
120. NUFAIKA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 735-10300, KERUGOYA.
121. NYAHURURU  UMOJA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 2183-20300, NYAHURURU.
122. NYALA  VISION SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 27-20306, NDARAGWA.
123. NYAMBENE ARIMI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 493-60600, MAUA.
124. NYAMIRA TEA FARMERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 633-40500, NYAMIRA.
125. NYERI TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1939-10100, NYERI.
126. OGEMBO TEA GROWERS  SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 88, KENYENYA.
127. ORIENT SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1842-01000, THIKA.
128. PATNAS  SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Bureti Sacco ) P.O BOX 601-20210, LITEN
129. PUAN SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 404-20500, NAROK.
130. RACHUONYO TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 14-4022, KOSELE.
131. SAFARICOM SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 66827-00800, NAIROBI.
132. SHERIA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 34390-00100, NAIROBI.
133. SIMBA CHAI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 977-20200, KERICHO.
134. SIRAJI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX PRIVATE BAG, TIMAU.
135. SKYLINE SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Baringo Farmers Sacco) P.O BOX 660-20103, ELDAMA RAVINE.
136. SMART CHAMPIONS SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Githongo Majani Sacco) P.O BOX 64-60205, GITHONGO.
137. SOLUTION SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1694-60200, MERU.
138. SOTICO SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 959-20406, SOTIK.
139. SOUTHERN STAR  SACCO SOCIETY LTD (Formerly Meru South Sacco) P.O BOX 514-60400, CHUKA.
140. STAKE KENYA SACCO SOCIETY LTD.(formerly Kuria Teachers Sacco) P.O BOX 208-40413, KEHANCHA.
141. STEGRO  SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Sot Tea Growers Sacco) P.O BOX 251-20400, BOMET.
142. STIMA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 75629-00100, NAIROBI.
143. SUBA TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 237-40305, MBITA.
144. SUKARI SACCO SOCIETY LTD. P.O BOX 841-50102, MUMIAS.
145. SUPA SACCO SOCIETY LTD (Formerly Samburu Traders Sacco) P.O BOX 271-20600, MARALAL.
146. TAI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 718-00216, GITHUNGURI.
147. TAIFA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1649-10100, NYERI.
148. TAITA TAVETA TEACHERS  SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1186-80304, WUNDANYI.
149. TARAJI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 605-40600, SIAYA.
150. TELEPOST SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 49557-00100, NAIROBI.
151. TEMBO SACCO SOCIETTY LTD P.O BOX 91-00618, RUARAKA.
152. TENHOS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 391-20400, BOMET.
153. TESCOM SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 626-10300, KERUGOYA.
154. THAMANI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 467-60400, CHUKA.
155. TIMES- U SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 310-60202, NKUBU.
156. TOWER SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 259-20303, OL’KALOU.
157. TRANS NATION  SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly  Tharaka Nithi  Teachers) P.O BOX 15-60400, CHUKA.
158. TRANSCOM SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 19579-00202, NAIROBI.
159. TRANS-COUNTIES SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 2965-30200, KITALE.
160. TRANS-NATIONAL TIMES SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Trans-Nzoia Teachers Sacco) P. O BOX 2274-30200, KITALE.
161. UCHONGAJI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 92503-80102, MOMBASA.
162. UFANISI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O  BOX 2973-00200, NAIROBI.
163. UFUNDI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 11705-001400, NAIROBI.
164. UKRISTO NA UFANISI  WA ANGLICANA SACCO  SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 872-00605, NAIROBI.
165. UKULIMA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 44071-00100, NAIROBI.
166. UNAITAS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 1145-10200, MURANG’A.
167. UNI-COUNTY SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Tupendane Sacco) P.O BOX 10132-20100, NAKURU.
168. UNISON  SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Laikipia Teachers Sacco) P.O BOX 414-10400, NANYUKI.
169. UNITED NATION SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 30552-00100, NAIROBI.
170. UNIVERSAL TRADERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 2119-90100, MACHAKOS.
171. VIHIGA COUNTY FARMERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 309-50317, CHAVAKALI.
172. VISION AFRICA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 18263-20100, NAKURU.
173. VISION POINT SACCO SOCIETY LTD (formerly Borabu Farmers Sacco) P.O BOX 42-40502, NYANSIONGO.
174. WAKENYA PAMOJA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 829-40200, KISII.
175.  WAKULIMA  COMMERCIAL SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 232-10103, NYERI.
176. WANA-ANGA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 34680-00501, NAIROBI.
177. WANANCHI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 910-10106, OTHAYA.
178. WANANDEGE SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 19074-00501, NAIROBI.
179. WARENG TEACHERS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 3466-30100, ELDORET.
180. WASHA SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 83256-80100, MOMBASA.
181. WAUMINI SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 66121-00800, NAIROBI.
182. WEVARSITY SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 873-50100, KAKAMEGA.
183. WINAS SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 696-60100, EMBU.
184. YETU SACCO SOCIETY LTD P.O BOX 511-60202, NKUBU.

Parliament urged to probe Patrick Musyimi on Kenya Planters’ Co-operative Union woes

By MWANIKI WAHOME
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The Kenya Planters’ Co-operative Union board wants Parliament to institute an inquiry into the manner in which the Commissioner of Co-operatives, Mr Patrick Musyimi, has handled revival of the union.

KPCU chairman William Gatei called for the investigation on Monday moments after the commercial court in Milimani, Nairobi, presided by Mr Justice Weldon Korir, restrained aparallel board elected under the directive of the commissioner from taking office until a case filed against them is determined.

Mr Gatei accused the commissioner of instigating chaos through holding illegal elections that have brought back directors who presided over the collapse of KPCU, with the objective of having it driven under again.

“The commissioner sits on the board of Kenya Coffee Co-operative Exporters, which is in competition with KPCU for business. We had leased some facilities to KCCE, but we have declined to renew the contract. The commissioner is an interested party and is instigating the chaos to benefit KCCE,” Mr Gatei said on Monday after resuming office.

Some of those elected were barred from contesting elections by a parliamentary committee on agriculture, led by Mr John Mututho, in July 2012 over mismanagement of the union, leading to its placement under receivership.

He said the conduct of Mr Musyimi was suspicious as he had not offered any assistance in lifting KPCU’s receivership but had developed sudden interest in its affairs, leading to the current confusion.

On Friday, the directors forced their way into the union’s offices at Wakulima House, under heavy police guard in defiance of court orders restraining them from convening meetings or interfering with operations of the union.

Stima Sacco celebrates 40th anniversary

Stima Sacco celebrated its existence for the last 40 years. The Sacco has employed over 30,000 employees nationwide since it was started in 1974.   During the celebrations, Dr. Chumo who is also the Kenya Power CEO said that 40 years is when life starts and the Sacco should become more aggressive and break new grounds. Stima Sacco, in his view, has reached a stage where it should explore partnerships with international institutions to help it increase facilities and benefits to a growing and diversifying membership. Acccording to the CEO Mr. Paul Wambua, the 40th anniversary presents an opportunity to reflect on the Sacco’s many milestones that include several firsts in the history of the movement in Kenya. He noted that the first Sacco ATM in Kenya was issued by Stima Sacco, they were the first to issue a cheque book despite Saccos not being part of the National Payment System, the first Sacco to do a rights issue and the first such business to be licensed by SASRA as a deposit-taking institution.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000131862/stima-sacco-celebrates-40th-anniversary

Types of savings products

The SACCO members have the urge to develop and to make their lives better. The question remains therefore ―How can they make their lives better?‖ Saving for the future is one of the ways that they can improve on their livelihood. It is therefore essential to know the various savings products available so that one makes the best choice and selects what suits them best. Savings products can broadly be classified in to three namely;
 Compulsory savings products
 Voluntary savings products
 Contractual savings products.
Compulsory Saving:
These are funds that must be contributed by all members of the SACCOs as a condition of membership and in some instances to access credit (loans). Compulsory savings can be considered as part of a loan product rather than actual savings product since they are closely tied to receiving and repaying loans. Compulsory saving is a saving that a member is forced to make on regular basis; it is a membership saving and must be saved on a weekly or monthly basis. This compulsory saving is collected to lend to
members. If members fail to save on time they will get penalized based on the saving policy of the society. Unless the member quits from membership, he or she should save on regular basis. If a member wants to withdraw from the SACCO, he will have the right to take this compulsory saving. The SACCOs are supposed to provide interest for this savings. There are 2 kinds of compulsory loans i.e.
Group saving: composed of a certain percentage of the loan portfolio contributed monthly or weekly. Saving continues through the loan period and therefore protects the portfolio on one hand and serves, as an investment fund for economic ventures of the group members to supplement the loan in case of emergency needs.
Personal or individual saving: This is where each borrower is required to save a minimum amount per month but motivated to save more voluntarily.
Voluntary Saving:
Voluntary savings are savings, not for access to credit, but for the sake of saving. These are not an obligatory part of accessing credit services. They are provided by both the borrowers and non borrowers who can deposit or withdrawal according to their needs.
The voluntary savings are best fit for people who don’t receive constant cash flow like farmers who get incomes when they sell off their produce once or twice a year. They can make voluntary saving during harvest time, and transfer monthly to their compulsory saving accounts. Farmers, and other individuals, can save the full amount for the coming year’s compulsory savings in advance with the SACCO by depositing 12 months worth of saving in a voluntary account. Following that, each month on the appropriate day the member will come to the SACCO to withdraw the amount of one month’s compulsory saving from the voluntary saving -account and deposit it in the compulsory saving account. This maintains the fundamental function of the SACCO and allows individuals with seasonal incomes to be members. This ensures regular flow of cash to the SACCO society and promotes members participation. This kind of saving can be withdrawn at any time when the owner needs it. The SACCO society may or may not provide saving interest for this voluntary savings. Farmers are highly advised to save on voluntary saving for small capital investment like purchasing seed for cultivation.
Contract Saving:
These are the kind of saving accounts where by the person saves to meet a particular goal.
These include:
1. School fees savings accounts: This is the type of account used by most parents so that they are able to save for their children’s education.
2. Target Savings Accounts: This is where the client opens up an account particularly to meet a particular target like buying land, paying a mortgage among others.
3. Fixed Deposit Accounts: This is the savings accounts were by a person deposits once and they withdraw the money after a period of time. The time ranges from 3 months onwards.
This kind of saving is not used by most SACCOs unless the SACCO has acquired and mastered the good skills in managing the loans and savings effectively. It can be short-term saving like if someone wants to pay school fees; he may save to pay school fees. It can also be long term like fixed deposit accounts were time deposit bring the opportunity of high interest rate on savings. This kind of saving is good in the future when the SACCO is in a good capacity and position of managing its savings and loans properly and if there is a shortage of feasible financial demand by members. This kind of saving can be collected from members and none members but the amount, period of collection and interest for this saving should be decided by the General Meetings of  members.

 

Be careful with fast growing Saccos!!!

People, Processes and Systems should be in place before Saccos go “viral.”  A Sacco growing fast is not a bad thing but management should make sure they are ready for it. I have witnessed some societies that were just recently registered that have opened up branches across the country raising questions as to whether they followed the right procedures in doing so.

I will be more comfortable with say Unaitas Sacco growing very fast than with a newly registered society like Good Life Sacco. Unaitas has been there for years and they have the experience running a co-operative business. Its important to have the right people, processes and systems in place before aggressive marketing.

Some of the newly registered societies are usually restricted to operate within a small area of operation e.g. a sub-county or county. Sometimes without close supervision, they expand very fast opening branches all over the country without following the required procedures or sticking to the society’s by-laws especially the area of operation and resolutions passed by members.

I have also realized that some of these newly registered and fast growing societies have hidden intention and the public should be wary of these societies and inquire appropriately before committing. Hidden agenda specifically boils down to management/board of directors. Some of them have no intention of exiting the board and have carefully orchestrated an election “system” where they get re-elected year on year out. They use intimidation or membership ignorance to continue being in office. They have somehow put in place an election policy that they sneaked into a general meeting and had it approved that assures assures them of re-election. I still believe an election nomination process that excludes independent persons, is a sham. How can a nomination committee be composed of same people in the management committee who are to be subjected to an election process and to make matters worse, end up nominating exact number of people required? Isn’t this an election carried out by board and not members of the society?

Some of the fast growing societies have also sometimes close relationship with the church or the company within which the membership is drawn. They have what they call “a patron” who has way too much sway when it comes to societal matters. They fail to note that the society is an autonomous and synonymous organization. That the society can be sued, it can sue, own both movable and immovable property, etc. The membership in this scenario has been reduced to the role of attending meetings….just to fill the hall!! They have also failed to note that the Co-operative Societies Act and Rules, does not mention “patron” anywhere!!

I predict very soon, we will have some of the fast growing societies collapsing. This is because they have not considered some of the following issues before going ‘viral’-

PEOPLE: Do you have people in place who will steer and direct the growth? Has the management been trained/educated on basic co-operatives operations, Act, Rules? Does the staff have the required qualifications and experiences? Do the membership know what are the objectives of their co-operative? Do you know the stakeholders??

PROCESSES: Are there loan applications, membership withdrawal, staff recruitment, code of conduct, staff promotion, staff dismissal, elections, investments, dividends payments, etc processes that are known by all concerned? How did these processes come into being? How are meetings conducted management (board of directors), supervisory, management/supervisory and general meetings? Are membership views taken into consideration? How is the management committee, supervisory committee, staff and membership taken into account?  How are disputes resolved? Do you have an ICT system in place to manage the unprecedented growth? Is there a strategic plan for the society? How are shareholders and stakeholders engaged? Is there a risk management programme?

SYSTEMS: How do you manage people and processes in your society? Is there congruence of action within the society? Does these system re-invent or how agile is it? How do you make sure that society’s vision is shared across board? Does this system infringe on people and processes? What is the organizational culture like?

We shouldn’t sit down and wait. The ministries (both national and county) concerned should have policies in place to check on Saccos growth and fund sub-county offices to effectively and efficiently carry out their mandate. Otherwise new kinds of DECI is in the making.

Annual General Meetings are Here!!!

This is the time all co-operatives that have their financial year as 1st January to 31st December are holding their annual general meetings. Members’ expectations of course is tied to interest on deposit and dividends. People are making calls to know what percentages they are getting for the previous financial year. Some are making calls to know who is retiring in the management committee and who are contesting. Most probably nobody is sending their agendas to be considered for discussed at the AGM.

Most co-operatives only meet once in a year whether through the delegates system or whole membership attending the AGMs. Sometimes the agendas are so congested such that all of them are not discussed and some important agendas are postponed till the next AGM!!! That is 12 months or more of delay!!! So how do we get out the most from these meetings as societies or as members??

The societies…..

1. Membership/delegates should be informed earlier as stipulated in the societies’ by-laws. All of the agenda clearly stated. AOB (Any Other Business) shouldn’t be encouraged always as this ends up consuming more time. Members should be encouraged to present their agendas to the secretary early enough to be considered for discussion in the AGM.

2. Keep time. I have attended many AGMs and keeping time is a big problem. Members and even the board of directors/management committees most times never arrive on time. On average meetings usually start 2 hours later after the stipulated time even 4 hours later is not uncommon!!. This discourages some members who usually arrive early and they are also converted to late comers of AGMs. Also late meetings will lead to all the agendas being not discussed sufficiently and resolutions too will not be of quality or well thought out as the early birds will be tired.

3. Keep to the agendas. I have been to meetings where the chairman loses the control of the agenda and the membership end up discussing other things. This will to lead meeting being prolonged and members exhausted and therefore failure to finish all the agendas or have effective meeting.

4. Let the presentations be brief and to the point. Some people when given time, will bore members to death and it happens that these people are poor in reading body language. Difficult to them to know if members are bored. These people are sometimes not time conscious and most times they are the ones that arrive late for meetings!! It is important that societies’ appoint a time-keeper who will notify speakers if they have finished their allocated time.

5. Do not give drinks when the meeting is ongoing. It is better to have a short break rather than you have a presenter on the floor and someone is distributing drinks or food. Membership ends up not listening or their concentration is interfered with because of the movements and noise. Better, provide water before the meeting starts.

6. Use public address system if member numbers exceed 100! Some people are inaudible and they end up talking on the podium with the first and second rows and the rest of membership wonder what the person in front of them is saying!!

7. Switch phones off or have them in silent mode. I have witnessed several members of the societies an even board members, receiving calls when the meeting is ongoing. That is RUDE!! If the call is important, walk out with minimal noise.

8. It is good to take questions first and then answer them instead of taking one question and answering that one question before going to the next question. This saves time.

9. The societies’ minutes should capture all the relevant issues being said and proposers and seconders of those issues. It will be easier to pick up from where the societies left from the previous meetings.

The membership/delegates……..

1. Come with a pen and a paper and note all the points you thing are important or questions you will need clarification on.

2.Be patient and let there be order in asking questions. If your question has been asked, do not ask the same thing again.

3. Learn to arrive early as stipulated in the notice convening the meeting. It is good to be time keepers by reminding the management/board/members/delegates if they are taking too long to start or spending too much time on a topic or a point.

4. Be constructive. Remember the supreme authority is the AGM. Whatever is discussed or passed in these meetings as resolutions are what will determine the future of the co-operative society and also the ramifications are far much greater and do not stop at you. So be helpful.

5. Restrict your movements. Some are particularly annoying and cannot be in a meeting for more than ten minutes continuously. They usually keep dragging everybody else on same issues that have been asked or discussed time and again.

Probably there are more points that I have missed, but hope that the message has been driven home here….cheers!!

 

 

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