On September 5, 2016 Global Communities’ USAID/EMIRGE Program participated in the Council of Governors (COG) meeting held at Enashipai Resort, Naivasha. This was a strategic platform for EMIRGE,under its advocasy goal, to push for the agenda of adoption of model county cooperative law by counties. The COG adopted the draft bill and equally expressed their good will in ensuring it sees the light of the day. Once this model is ratified by Members of County Assemblies (MCAs), it will create an enabling environment for co-operatives to grow thus bolstering economic growth. “If we are to have a sustainable economic in Kenya, then we must invest in cooperatives,” Said Peter Munya, the COG Chairman
Global Communities Country Director, Kimberly Tilock presented a copy of the draft County Cooperative Model Bill to the COG Chairperson, Governor Peter Munya. Over 50 % of the governors represented in the meeting were impressed by the effort Global Communities is putting in addressing key gaps not just in cooperative movement but also in the agribusiness and girl empowerment. Many governors expressed their interest in partnering with Global Communities as a development partner going forward.
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Global Communities EMIRGE (Enabling Market Integration through Rural Group Empowerment) program works with vulnerable populations to help them create their own jobs by leveraging group resources to overcome constraints in their lives and grow their incomes and assets.The Global Communities cooperative business model empowers people to engage in their own economy. Our model focuses on facilitating competitive business plans and building democratic values with strong good governance backgrounds that serve the member owners. This changes their perception of their environment, allowing them to see their peers and their farms as pathways out of poverty