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Sensitization of Emyooga Groups in Karamoja Begins :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Sensitization of Emyooga Groups in Karamoja Begins

The micro finance support centre zonal manager for Moroto office, says they have started sensitizing the SACCO leadership on the legal aspects of SACCOs, including requirements for permanent registration.
Emyooga SACCO Leaders during the sensetization meeting in Moroto district


The Microfinance support center has embarked on the sensitizing Emyooga SACCO leaders in preparations for the permanent registration of SACCO groups in Karamoja sub-region.

Emyooga SACCOs were registered by the registrar of cooperatives societies on probation for a period of two years, after which they are expected to be permanently registered depending on their performance.

Lydia Nambuya, the micro finance support centre zonal manager for Moroto office, says they have started sensitizing the SACCO leadership on the legal aspects of SACCOs, including requirements for permanent registration.

Nambuya said they are also conducting engagements with SACCO executive members in order to promote better working relationships and lay the foundation for sustainable Emyooga SACCOs.

According to Nambuya, they have already introduced the key contact persons who will support the permanent registration and the licensing to the Emyooga leadership.

She also noted that there are low recoveries of loans from the SACCO groups urging the leadership to encourage their members to clear the money so that they are credited with additional funds.

Lawrence Achia, the district commercial officer for Moroto says there have been some improvements in some of the associations and they qualify for permanent registration.

Achia also revealed that their work is also frustrated by lack of transport means for enabling them to monitor the SACCO groups.

‘’We have hard-to-reach areas like in Tapac sub-county where the roads are poor and accessing the SACCO groups there is not easy, so I cannot have any opportunity to monitor their groups,’’ Achia said.

He appealed to the government to consider availing some funds to facilitate them to be able to supervise and sensitize the beneficiaries.

Justin Tuko, the deputy Resident District Commissioner for Moroto said that more effort is needed to educate association members on financial management to avoid misuse of funds.

Tuko said there is also a need to change the mindset of the beneficiaries from thinking that the money was part of the appreciation from the president for winning the general elections of 2021.

He said there is excitement from the beneficiaries that the money is supposed to be spent and not refundable, a factor that has contributed to the low recoveries of loans.

Tuko said they are going to arrest loan defaulters because they cannot allow the program meant to benefit everyone to be mismanaged by a few individuals in the association.

The presidential initiative on wealth and job creation (Emyooga) was launched in Karamoja sub-region on the 13th of March 2020, covering nine districts, 17 constituencies, 67 sub counties and 362 parishes.