Nitutonya Commercial Producer Group (CPG) from Mwala started savings with a membership of 20, (12 women and 8 men). Each member contributes Ksh 100 per month. However, this was not enough for every member to borrow and purchase farm inputs. Members of Nitutonya CPG joined Itithini C.V and were trained on the Commercial Village Model, which emphasized on collective action by Farm Concern International under the Kenya Cassava Village Processing Initiative supported by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and implemented by FCI.
They collectively saved KES 7, 000 to purchase cassava cuttings and opened a savings account at Kenya Commercial Bank. The monthly contribution was raised to KES 500 per member and within four months, they had a cumulative savings of KES 45,000 which is shared through a revolving loan scheme at an interest of 10% per month.
Nitutonya CPG got a loan worth KES 100,000 from Women enterprise Fund which members are now lending within the group at 10%. Members intend to plant more cassava for commercial purposes since they are sure of the market access. This will enable them to save more after sales hence enable access to more credit facilities.
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