Headquarters of the Machakos Cooperative Union in Machakos town

Machakos Cooperative Union (MCU) is an umbrella organization for 81 primary organizations spread across 15 sub counties in Machakos and Makueni counties. The original purpose behind the establishment of the Union in the 1960s was to assist primary coffee farmers’ societies to grow and market their coffee. Over the years the Union has grown and expanded its membership to include primary producers in handicrafts and dairy sectors.

These primary organizations which comprise of cooperatives and women groups are serving over 60,000 individual members. We assist the cooperatives and groups to access markets – both local and international. In doing so, we work with partners to build capacity, improve production and ensure quality to meet international standards. 

The supreme authority of the union is the annual general meeting (AGM) which comprises of delegates elected from affiliate member co-operative organisations and groups. The AGM periodically elects the management board which oversees the day to day activities of the union and delegates the same to the employees under the leadership of the CEO.

The Union is trading internationally under WFTO in marketing of handicrafts and has its coffee products under the following certifications; FLO, UTZ and CAFE


Machakos District Co-operative Union Limited was established in 1964 and registered under the Co-operative Societies Act in 1972 as an umbrella organization for primary organizations in Machakos District. MCU represents 81 affiliate co-operative societies with more than a total of 70,000 individual producers. Besides these co-ops are 26 women groups with a membership of more than 4000 women producers who are mainly in the production of hand crafted products like sisal baskets( Syondo), mats and other sisal products.