International Journal of Research in Finance and Management
2020, Vol. 3, Issue 2
Innovative pursuance in the propagation of savings and credit Co-operative societies
Dr. Emma Anyika
In the past few decades many Saving and Credit Co-operative Societies (SACCO) in Kenya thrived due to several innovations including but not limited to lowering of their loans interest rates, and providing members with economical banking services. With the increase in the number of organizations willing to emulate the same products to members for example lending money within shorter periods with minimal interest rates due to easy recoverability of the same for example Safaricom - Fuliza and M-Shwari loans, MCO-OP salary loans, Equitel-loans, KCB Mobiloan services, SACCOS are facing very stiff competition from these institutions and if this trend is unchecked, it might lead to the demise of the Co-operative Societies. Therefore there is urgent need for SACCOS to reinvent themselves in order to remain relevant. This study surveys a few innovative ideas that may be adopted and/ or pursued in order to safeguard against the depletion of SACCOS. Among them is the good response of members towards a higher education loan and savings by products, contemporary skills training loan for produce SACCOS such as Agriculture and manufacturing and members dependants by products. Furtherance to indicate that the adoption of the pursued ideas would lend credence to the uniqueness of SACCOS as being the institutions that develop the welfare of their members since these ideas if properly implemented would generally improve members’ wellbeing.