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Social Partnership- Water for Kisesini Community

A big day! Yes it was!! 19th Sep.2019

It was a great day for the Kisesini community and the local institutions. Commissioning a 160 meter borehole funded by Ronnie Letten through Epiroc and implemented in collaboration with We Effect and their partner Machakos Cooperative union. The ocassion was graced by His Excellency the Machakos County Deputy Governor. This will greatly reduce the time spent in fetching water and water related illnesses that are prevalent in the area as alluded to by the incharge of the local dispensary. The community members came in droves with their donkeys to draw this precious commodity.

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Diversification project at LECOM

In the endeavor of LECOM to generate more of its income it has diversified to  green house farming, a project as seen in the pictures above, has proved to be very viable. The same project is intended to be a demonstration plot for the affiliate societies  to copy as an alternative income generating activity for their societies.

Nairobi Coffee Exchange Comes to Machakos!!!

Good News to our coffee farmers in Machakos!!! You can now watch the Nairobi Coffee exchange live from Machakos!!

Courtesy of the Nairobi Coffee exchange in collaboration with Machakos Cooperative Union, a big screen has been mounted at the MCU boardroom where coffee auction activities can be viewed. This will go along way to saving on farmers costs who have been traveling all the way to Nairobi to witness the sale of their coffee. The screen will remain accessible to the farmers at no cost.  All are welcome

COFFEE ROASTER FOR MACHAKOS

 

 

Machakos Co-operative union has acquired a coffee roaster thanks to partnership with Fairtrade Africa and Weeffect.  This is in line with the Unions strategic plan and is geared to value addition. It is envisaged that the new plant will roaster coffee under the Lower Eastern Coffee mill( LECOM) both for local consumption and international markets.

The Lecom branded coffee which also sales under the FairTrade Label will soon be in the local outlets, supermarkets and the international market.

The union will also be establishing coffee houses within the town and a possible expansion to the major cities.

Structural developments are underway and the machine, at high seas, will be installed during the month of match 2019 and operations expected to start by April 2019

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.