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Info about the Farmers' Cooperative
The goal of this project is to establish two farmers’ cooperatives (one for men and one for women) that will offer a community in Niger local, affordable, and timely access to farming tools and supplies. The objectives of this project are to:
Provide farmers access to farming tools and supplies at affordable prices (e.g. seeds, fertilizers, and sacks for storing grain available for purchase; donkey plows and carts available for rent) that appropriately coincide with Niger’s seasonal farming calendar.
Train cooperative members on small business management skills and improve their capacity to define and meet group goals.
Create communal monetary funds to ensure the sustainability and expansion of future cooperative activities and services.
The community will contribute to this project by providing the donkeys needed to operate the plows and carts, as well as two buildings in which to store tools/supplies. Cooperative members will contribute by paying initial membership fees and covering the fees required to register the cooperative with the government of Niger.
The total sum requested for this project will cover the cost of initial inventory (donkey plows and carts, seeds, fertilizers, grain storage sacks, etc.), transporting tools/supplies to the community, and training members on small-business skills and the proper use and maintenance of tools. All profits generated by the store will be deposited in the cooperative’s monetary funds. These funds will ensure project sustainability by providing money to continue/expand the activities and services of the Farmers’ Cooperative
Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.