Garissa cooperatives receive laptops and printers

Livestock Marketing Systems (LMS) has partnered with the Garissa County government to donate laptops and printers to eight cooperative societies to help them improve their digital and business skills.

The 35 million Ksh from USAID is a grant to the county for cooperative development which will also see the staff of the cooperative department receive laptops.

It will also involve strengthening key institutions such as livestock marketing associations and the chamber of commerce.

Speaking at the handover of the equipment, County Livestock Manager Dr Haret Hambe said the decentralized unit was determined to empower cooperative societies across the region.

Dr. Hambe called on groups to recruit more members in order to become influential in decision-making and policy-making processes that affect their members.

LMS County Program Officer John Kutwa called on co-operative societies to step up their savings culture to allow them to diversify into other income-generating projects like levy and table banking.

Already, six of the eight cooperatives are registered as savings and credit cooperatives and have managed to save 1.7 million shillings among members.

Beneficiaries include Gumarey Honey Co-operative Society of Ijara, Safi Women Milk Co-op Society of Dadaab, Bura East Fodder Co-operative Society and Fafi Farmers Marketing Co-operative Society.

The others are Modogashe Women Milk Co-operative Society, Balambala Livestock Traders Co-operative Society, Garissa Camel Milk Co-operative Society and Garissa Butchers Association, both of Garissa sub-county.

Virginia S. Braud