Central Associations of Cooperative Unions 
 in Zimbabwe

CMSCC


ESTABLISHMENT OF SACCO

The Chief Executive Officer in 2010 attended the ACCOSCA SACCO Leadership Forum In South Africa, from this conference the Chief Executive Officer saw it fit to introduce Saving and Credit Cooperative (SACCO) to the already established Cooperative.  CACU was Agricultural and Marketing Supply Cooperative.  Its Core business was to supply farmers with Agricultural inputs and market the output.  The Funding for the agricultural input was very difficult to come by hence the need for establishing SACCOs.  The Board and management saw it fit to establish Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) within our agricultural cooperatives. This is a financial cooperative owned by members and run by members through pooling their savings and other resources for the purposes of funding their agricultural activities.  



CACU has a membership of 15000 original.  From the 15000 members 5000 joined the SACCO at registration. On registration 60% of the members contributed US$50.00 to the core capital.   Each member pays $5.00 per month as a compulsory saving and some member are contributing up to US$100.00 per month


The SACCO is managed by a Board which is elected by the Members on a delegate basis.   The Board in turn appoints the management that manages the cooperative affairs on a day to day, which is led by the Chief Executive Officer.  The General Secretary supervises the Chief Executive in terms of the Cooperative Act chapter 24:05 and the By-laws.


VISION

To make financial services universally available, promote poverty alleviation through development of a strong sustainable economic infrastructure using financial sound market mechanism which will translate to a world class financial institution.


MISSION

Our mission is to empower members through saving, credit and investment opportunities to enable them achieve financial independence


Objectives


Motto

Secure your finance freedom now


Sacco Slogan

Future solutions now!


Core Values


Our Ethical Value

Openness- in a constantly evolving economy and society, openness in work structure and working methodologies are important means for self-discovery

Honesty- we are honest about what we do and the way we do it

Social responsibility – we encourage members to take responsibility for their own community and work together to improve it


Membership

The CACU membership comprises rural small scale farmers, teachers, small business people and other members from the Community.  Our SACCO is Community based SACCO.  Our members are divided into two groups, that is group A is the farmers and Group B Compose of any other who is not farmer.  CACU Agricultural and Marketing Cooperative membership was strictly farmers.  After we established the SACCO we have since opened common bond. 


Our Membership has now grown to SACCO 15000 members.  60% of the members are farmers and 40% are other members from the community.


The Society upholds and Practice the Cooperative principles of voluntary and open members, democratic members control, economic participation by members, Education and training, autonomy independence and concern for the community. Members access all the service offered by the Union, also participate in decision making of the Union, and earn returns on investment through divided and interest on savings.  The members also enjoy the right to Vote and are elected to Union leadership of the UNION.  The SACCO is now financing the agricultural activities in the Agricultural and Marketing Supply Cooperative


Governance

The Governance of the Union is invested in the delegate system.  The 10 PROVINCES is the geographical area where the members come from represents the delegates.  Each PROVINCE sent 200 people to represent them at the Annual General meeting.  From these PROVINCES representation a 9 board member is elected on a retiring basis.  3 members retire from the Board every year and are eligible for reelection for next term office.   Their term office is 3 years.  The SACCO has adopted the affirmative policy of electing ladies in their board.  They are going to implement this resolution at their 2014 Annual General meeting.  Currently the board consists of nine men.


The Board set out the strategic direction and management is led by the Chief Executive who runs the Cooperative and the Sacco operations.