At TESOPEDO we deliver sustainable and impact development in TESO wide region of 10 Districts of Amuria, Bukedea,Ngora, Kaberamaido, Katakwi, Kapelebyong, Kumi, Pallisa, Serere, and Soroti, estimating 5 Million people, or 1 million households, and will integrate the Diaspora constituency. through Buildinng Capacity, Farming Technologies, Commercialization, Extension service, Financial Literacy Inclusions and mentoring.
EMPOWERING TESO WIDE REGION
Cooperatives are generally regarded as an engine for poverty reduction and employment creation through collective self-help participatory involvement in some or all aspects of Production, Processing and Marketing. Whereas Cooperatives were largely founded on cash crop basis, established by government such as Cotton in the Teso region, the collapse of the cash crop meant the collapse of the cooperatives. The principles of Cooperatives stand and is our quest to establish, Together We Stand, or Together Each Achieves More, (TEAM)
The current push for setting up Cooperatives from bottom up, self-mobilized firstly as farmer groups or merely Savings and Credit Community Organizations (SACCOs) is proving a challenge and therefore the formation tends to remain as money lending groups to say the least. This would still suffice if the groups could be deemed pre Coop setting up, in preparation for establishing the cooperatives either by region or product. This concept has worked well in Kenya as an example
Teso PEDO therefore in engaged in strategies and processes of these formations or indeed appraising those already formed, to ensure they will transit to Cooperatives, but firstly be functional and effective in Organisation, and this has been dubbed in our work to be Joint Production Groups (JPGs.)