Community members in Mara trained on Saccos
Over 30 members of Mara Division Development Programme (MDDP) have been trained on formation and running of a Saving and Credit Co-operative Society (Sacco).
During the training in Narok town held on August 11, members of the Community-Based Organisation (CBO) from Mara, Narok County, were taken through the advantages marketing of their products through co-operatives. “It is difficult to sell your cows as an individual farmer, unlike when you sell as a group. It is easier for middlemen to take advantage of individual farmers, but they cannot do that to a group,” said David Langat, a Narok County co-operative officer, as he elaborated on the enhanced marketing through cooperatives.
“We are ready to form a co-operative. We need to work together as a team,” said Wilson Kedienye, a community member from Mararianta sub-location. Participants were given a chance to raise questions that Mr Langat and Dr Kamau Githaiga, AAH Kenya country programmes manager, responded to.
The other advantages of a Sacco that the participants were informed about are easy access to veterinary services, ability to access loans from various organisations, such as banks.
AAH Kenya has in the past worked with MDDP on education and maternal health. Through the Mara Entrepreneurship and Market Development (MEMD) project that started in January 2015, AAH Kenya will build previous engagement with the communities and the county government. The two-year project, funded by Bread for the World (BftW), Germany,aims to develop an ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ in community members in the Mara area, in order to strengthen their resilience and capacity to lead their own development.