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Energy saving stoves for women groups

Energy Saving Jikos for MCU Women groups – Kikuthuko wg

-Mcu in partnership with our development partners in both the Climate change project, CPME project and PECE project have aided construction of more than 500 Energy saving stoves/ jikos in various homes for the women groups. This is in line with the unions strategy to conserve the environment as a climate change adaptation.

We call on more partners to join us in this worthy course.

MCU Coffee Farms

MCU Coffee Farms set to become demonstration farms in the county

Revamped efforts by the senior management staff of the union have seen drastic transformation of the coffee farms and yields are expected to double both in quantity and quality.

The vision of the union is to establish the farms as demonstration farms for the coffee farmers within the county.

We Effect

We Effect

We Effect – formerly Swedish Cooperative Centre – is a key partner with the MCU. We Effect is a development cooperation organization whose objective is to contribute to reduced poverty levels and injustices among small scale male and female farmers of affiliate organizations

Coffee Productivity and Marketing Enhancement (CPME) Project
Machakos Cooperative Union is implementing the Coffee Productivity and Marketing Enhancement (CPME) Project with an objective to sustainably improve coffee productivity among the targeted male and female farmers within the affiliate cooperatives in Machakos County and its environs.

Project objective and outputs (expected results)
• Planning, monitoring and evaluation capacity enhanced
• Vibrant farmers’ organizations
• Improved agribusiness practices
• Improved access to diversified markets
• Enhanced access to financial services

Current cooperatives participating in the project
• Kambusu Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited
• Kilalani Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited
• Kitwii Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited
• Muthunzuuni Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited
• Ithaeni Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited
• Tendelyani Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited
• Mung’ala Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited
• Kithangathini Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited

Achievements of the project
A) Vibrant farmers’ organizations
• Revision of bylaws to include women in the decision-making process of the Union by creating 3 slots for women.
• 57% increase in the turnover of the union general activity in 2014.
• Capacity development for leaders on governance, coffee marketing, certification, lobbying and advocacy etc.
• Employment of an agronomist to provide extension services to the farmers on good farming practices.
• Trained 12 women and 37 men on SALMs practices to help the farmers on good management of their land.
• Trained 13 women and 15 men promoter farmers on safe and effective use of chemicals for application in their coffee farms.
• Trained 5 women and 14 men – society managers on significance of shading coffee trees and conserving the environment.
• Trained 2 TOTs on water and sanitation.
• Other interventions targeted on the Board and staff have been on: –
• Coffee marketing and certification
• Lobbying, advocacy and networking
• Gender, HIV and Aids

B) Improved agribusiness practices
• Improved access to diversified markets
• Lower Eastern Coffee Mill which was mooted during the first strategic plan facilitated by We Effect in June 2010 was commissioned in 2014 and milled coffee for 10 cooperatives and 24 Planters. More cooperatives are expected in 2015 after expiry of their milling contracts with commercial millers.
• Fair trade recertification of LECOM coffee Mill and certification of 25 affiliates of the union.
• Increase in coffee payment rates by an average of 50%

C) Enhanced access to financial services
• Establishment of 33 VSLA groups in all participating partner societies.
• Total savings by members of kshs.550,560 in the 33 groups at the end of 2014
• Number trained in the VSLA methodology trained 389 male, 322 female, young male adults 61, and young female adults 24
• 69% increase in the grants received from partners in 2014.
Women and Children Empowerment and Livelihood Improvement (WCELI) Project
It is a project that is an outcome of a joint proposal to Radiohjaipen (Radio Aid). The target beneficiaries are children and women in the Lower parts of Machakos County (Yatta Sub-county) from the handicraft producer groups affiliated to MCU.
Children will benefit through establishment of standard ECD centres and the promotion and establishment of food security and nutrition enterprises by their households. The women will also benefit from use of the ECD centres for adult literacy and as handicraft business hubs.

Project objective and outputs (expected results)
• Increased access to early childhood education by children of ages 3 to 5 in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas of Machakos County by end of 2016
• Established standard early childhood education development (ECD) learning centres
• Enhanced household food security & nutrition(meaning enhanced capacity of households to secure a stable and sustainable basket of adequate and nutritious food)
• Enhanced organizational capacities

The project is being implemented in partnership with all the relevant stakeholders. At the end of the project period, the project will be handed over to the stakeholders.
Targeted beneficiaries/women groups are three as follows: –
• Kikuthuko Women Group
• Yatta West Women Group
• Mekilingi Women Group

ECD projects built upon existing educational projects and institutions:
Kikuthuko Women Group – There is community land which has been earmarked for a primary school and have proposed it for establishment of the ECD Centre.
Yatta West Women Group – There is a community land that hosts a primary school that has reached class 2. However, due to shortage of classes, the children learn under a tree.
Mekilingi Women Group – There is a community land available earmarked for a school and they have proposed it for the establishment of the ECD centre.

Fair Trade certified coffee

Now the union in its endeavor to promote the identity of the affiliates coffee in the market, has worked tirelessly to ensure the production and processing process are in conformity with the international fairtrade standards.

It is on conforming with these standards that FLo-cert has issued the union with the fairtrade certification which will be valid for the next three years.

The Unions own dry milling plant has been certified and therefore any fairtrade certified coffee producer can mill their coffee through this plant without breaking the fairtrade chain.

The following 25 coffee societies participated in the scope certification and are therefore producing and processing FAIRTRADE COFFEE; Kakuyuni, Kawethei, Muisuni, Kilalani, Kitwii, Sengani, Mwatati, Kambusu, Kyaume, Kingoti, New Mitaboni, Kwa Kiinyu, Ithaeni, Muputi, Kithumani, Kikima, Misakwani, Tendelyani, Kasinga, Mua, Kaliluni, Musilili, Mukuyuni. muthunzuuni, Ngomano