a visit by swedish international CENTRE for local democracy from sweden.

We were honoured to have received a team from Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy in Sweden, which was well received by Chief Officer of Co-operative Stephen Kilonzo, Chairman Patrick Katingima and Operations Manager Josephat Ngengya at Lower Eastern Coffee Mills.The team was taken through the milling process .They also took time to visit the Coffee House to promote local consumption of coffee.

A delegation well received at MCU / LECOM

The Weeffect Resource Mobilization Team

Today was an honor for MCU to receive a delegation from Weeffect’s resource mobilization team which was well received by our CEO Mr. Martin malila and the General Manager – Finance Mr. James Ndeto,   at the union boardroom. The team also took time to visit our coffee mill LECOM and were received by the operations manager Mr. Josephat Ngengya, who took them through the milling, grading and classification process at the mill

Social Partnership – Food donation

Food donation for a needy course

With the support from one of our Singaporean customer, Bahati Collection, mcu provided foodstuff donation to Kithoni Women group. Kithoni is one of mcu’s major basket producers and was involved in the production of baskets for Bahati collection’s order. The area of the groups operation is climatically marginalised receiving very little and some times no rainfall hence greatly affected by severe drought and famine for the last two years.

The donation, thanks to Bahati collection, has come in at the right time and has given the women weavers a radiance of hope as they embark on their sisal basket production.  An order for the sisal baskets from this group will come in hardy at this time of need. Donations and other kind support from the other buyers and well wishers will go a long way to alleviate the pangs of the severe famine and drought that is affecting these great women producers.



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.


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

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.