BAOWE joins cooperative, entrepreneur to run common centre(10 August,2016,Kuensel)
The Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs(BAOWE) will work in collaboration with a local cooperative and an entrepreneur to operate a common facility centre at Bjizam in Trongsa.
The centre was constructed in 2013, under the project ‘Medicinal plants and herbs: Developing sustainable supply chain and enhancing rural livelihoods’ (October 2011-June 2013), however, it has remained under utilized for the past three years.
While BAOWE has been attempting to increase utilisation of the centre, success was elusive.
Founder and CEO of BAOWE, Damchae Dem, said the association has been providing technical backstopping behind the scenes. “This was not taking the project forward,” she said, adding that BAOWE will now work in collaboration with the cooperative and entrepreneur, together.
Promoting and Strengthening Savings and Credit Cooperatives in Bhutan (www.moaf.gov.bt)
July 20, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji, handed over 600 copies of savings passbooks to RORUM Credit Cooperative, formed as an initiative of the Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAOWE) and supported by the Department of Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (DAMC), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.. The passbooks were received by the CEO of BAOWE.
RORUM Credit Cooperative was registered with the DAMC in October 2013 with a vision to ensure a sustainable and viable financial cooperative responsive to the needs of its members and a mission to empower the members through provision to savings, credit services and other related services at a competitive rate which would help improve their financial and social well-being and provide financial literacy to the members. Today, the membership size has crossed 90 comprising mostly of women street vendors/single mothers.
Message from the Hon’ble Sanam Lyonpo: International Day of Cooperatives 2nd July, 2016
The first Saturday of July every year is celebrated as the International Day of Co-operatives (IDC) and this year, the day falls on the 2nd of July. The theme/slogan for IDC, 2016 is “Cooperatives: The power to act for a sustainable future” emphasising on the role Co-operatives play towards achieving the Sustainable Development goals.
“During the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, world leaders committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, outlining an ambitious vision for a better world. They agreed on seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change, all over the next fifteen years. Co-operatives have a unique role to play in realising the SDGs. The co-operative business model has sustainable development at its core, being based on ethical values and principles. Locally rooted and people driven, co-operatives contribute to sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental responsibility.” — International Cooperative Alliance.
Pasakha’s dairy business growing (4 July,2016,kuensel)
About 53 farmers from different villages in Sampheling (Pasakha), Chukha got paid for supplying milk for the month of June. Although not really profitable at the moment, the dairy business has grown and production increased.
Sampheling Miday Gonor Gongphel Detshen (SMGGD) was started in 2009.
The group today has about 38 registered members who supply milk. About 15 members are yet to be registered with the group. Milk from SMGGD is sold in Phuentsholing.
Among the suppliers is 69 year old IB Rai from Gurung Basti who received Nu 17,000. But the earning from milk supply is just about enough to take care of his cow, said IB Rai. More than half the income will go into buying fodder for the animals.