Let’S Celebrate The Impact Of The Co-Operative Movement In Kenya

Let’s celebrate the impact of the co-operative movement in Kenya

Statement from the Chairman - Cooperative Alliance of Kenya

Fellow co-operators, The theme for this year’s International Co-operatives Day is ‘Co-ops 4 Decent Work’. Unlike in the past, this year we celebrated the Ushirika Day on July 6 in all the 46 counties but Nairobi. This unprecedented opportunity was to allow co- operative leaders based in Nairobi to join other co-operators across the country in the spirit of our 6th principle of ‘Co-operatives for co-operatives’, and allow us to come together and celebrate our aggregated impact at the national level. The celebrations will be preceded by a procession from the Kenya Planters Co-operative Union (KPCU) starting at 8.30am to the venue of this year’s celebrations at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC). 

Housing is a critical integral component in the Big Four Agenda. I am happy to note that the co-operative movement in Kenya has over time played a very important role in the delivery of the housing stock across the country. I want to acknowledge the great role that the National Co-operative Housing Union (NACHU) plays in housing delivery, especially in urban environments. 

The Union is the key leader in the provision of housing for low and middle income earners in Kenya. This fact has been acknowledged by the UN- HABITAT. Examples of housing for low-income households include but are not limited to Boda-boda housing estates in Kitengela and in Nanyuki town. The membership of NACHU is drawn from all social stratifications. I therefore take this opportunity to congratulate the Chairman and the Board of NACHU in steering this co-operative sub- sector with diligence and as the leading Housing Co-operative Federation in Africa in housing delivery for low and middle- income households. The unveiling of the NACHU Plaza July 20, 2019 marks a major milestone in the success of the co-operative business model in Kenya.

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