Caritas Kampala Cooperative Office

Cooperatives are an integral part of the alternative economic and social development model that hold the capacity to integrate social responsibility and civil society values of collaboration, cooperation and solidarity. It is based on the fundamental Catholic values of coming together, caring for one another and for each other that the Archdiocese of Kampala has been working for a significant time to support the expansion of cooperatives enterprises under the church structures. We are strong believers that these values complemented with the spiritual support provided, delivers an integrated approach to the development of the individual and our communities.

The Caritas Cooperatives Office works to develop, grow and support the grassroots parish-based cooperatives movement within the Archdiocese of Kampala through the implementation of a framework conducive for the formation and growth of sustainable societies, expanding awareness of cooperatives as value based business model and as a means of socio-economic development for individuals and local communities.

This continued work has resultedin the formation of 37 registered groups, 24 Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) and 13 multipurpose societies, including 6 agricultural cooperatives, accounting for 17,165 members - 53% women and 47% in September 2015 - being15 in Wakiso, 16 in Kampala, 5 in Mpigi, and 1 in Butambala districtsbased in the parishes below as indicated in yellow:

With the support of Viatores Christi - an Irish faith-based organization - funded by Irish Aid through Misean Carasince 2015 under the project “Strengthening and Capacity Building of Caritas Cooperatives in the Archdiocese of Kampala”, the officehas accomplished the following key achievements :

  • Assessment report titled “The Status of Caritas Kampala Cooperatives”
  • Established Organizational Policy and Procedures Handbook for the operations of the office
  • Developed a “Caritas Cooperatives Strategies and Action Plan 2016 - 2020”
  • Set up a Caritas Cooperative Council to provide oversight on implementation of the project
  • Carried out capacity building workshops for the cooperative leaders and exchange of experiences
  • Strengthened the relationship with key stakeholders in the cooperative sector
  • Delivered a package on financial education for leaders and members of cooperatives, including financial literacy and business skills facilitated by Caritas team

In 2017, and as a result of the work conducted during the course of this partnership, Caritas Kampala was awarded a three year contract to continue to expand its work with cooperatives under the Archdiocese ofKampala to pursue the strategies:

Caritas Kampala Cooperative Strategies 2016 - 2020

Current Focus Areas

  • Strengthen cooperatives governance, management and business development to grow self-reliable and self-sustainable societies, expanding its financial inclusion and benefits to the members and local communities.
  • Implement a multi-year training program to build the capacity of the Caritas team, cooperative leaders, staff, members and other stakeholders, facilitating training, education and learning systems, complemented by technical assistance and follow-ups, focused on the following areas:
  • governance and leadership
  • financial and risk management
  • business development skills
  • savings and product development
  • strategic planning and financial literacy
  • Promote cooperation, mentoring and exchange of experiences and networks among parish-based cooperatives and the relevant stakeholders of the sector
  • Strengthen organizational capacities of the office and cooperatives to ensure effective programming implementation and structural growth of groups for enhanced quality of members’ service delivery.
  • Introduce standardized systems for the office and cooperatives to harmonize practices and track the progress of activities and cooperatives performance for prudential supervision, reporting and better assist their needs.
  • Promote communication and marketing initiatives to engage community, stakeholders and partners.

The implementation of this capacity building agenda expects to foster the cooperative capacities to take advantages of opportunities that make them stronger societies to help to expanding financial and social inclusion, increasing opportunities for those who own and democratically control these societies and the development of their communities.

Mr. Joseph Akugizibwe and his business, benefited from KADCOS Nsambya Cooperative loans