Our Partners


Primary cooperative and groups benefit from the Union’s links to international networks such as:

  • World Fair Trade which enforces adherence to a code of practice that includes fair payment for products, accountability and transparency, care for the environment and no use of child labour
  • Cooperation for Fair Trade in Africa (Cofta)
  • Kenya Federation for Alternative Trade (KeFAT)
  • Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
  • We Effect: Through the MCU, We Effect targets women groups attached to Machakos Cooperative Union. So far they have established pre-schools to assist vulnerable children and allow their mothers more time to devote themselves to their businesses and develop as entrepreneurs

The SCC-Vi Agroforestry is a special cooperation programme that endeavors to contribute towards poverty reduction in Lower Eastern.

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.