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Irene commented on Empowering Small Scale Farmers in Rural Areas in Kenya

Hi Brian,
The cooperative have 4 officials who are the Board of Directors and there are additional Board members who play the role of advisory. The community members have shares in the cooperative based on their contributions. I have a team on the ground who organise community meetings and give out information about the commercial farming and the farmers are taken through a training/montiroing during the whole process until their produces are ready.
The interest is very low where its 1% per month for any loan given. This helps to maintain the administration and salaries for the staffs managing cooperative in and out of the office.
The cooperative was born from the Charity organization i learn in Kenya by the name VICDA where we started empowering the farmers through commercial agricultural farming in rural areas where VICDA has been implementing its projects. We found out despite building schools and providing water in the needy communities there is also a need to empower the same families who live in a lot of poverty and commercial agriculture was a good and easy idea for the small rural farmers as they have been growing one type of crop whose supply in the market is very high with a low demand. The two types of crops we have introduced to them which are soybeans and sunflower have a high market demand with low supply in Kenya market and its easy to grow and takes a short time.
The program is an ongoing everyday with new members registering.

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Irene commented on Empowering Small Scale Farmers in Rural Areas in Kenya

Hello Maurizio,

Thank you for your comment. Yes,i am using the data for farmers and ministry of agriculture is giving us support on crop monitoring.

Thanks,
Irene

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Irene commented on Empowering Small Scale Farmers in Rural Areas in Kenya

Thank you Wekesa. I will  make a point of coming. Thanks,irene