Apr 22, 2010, 12:53 PM
The items, which included four new computers sets, four tablets and four executive chairs, were distributed within their intervention sites such as Bijilo, Sinchu Sori, Lamin village, Makumbaya Village and Banjulinding.
The equipment was jointly purchased by KNF and Kombo South Federation under the “Economic empowerment of needy families through credit union scheme”.
Speaking at the presentation, Alieu Mendy, manager of Kombo North Federation, said the presentation of office equipment and furniture emanated from their last ACA development and the interaction with the communities.
He said during the interaction, one of the most important activities that KNF need to be done as a federation, was to improve the economic status of their poor families.
“In the process of improving the economic status of our families, we observe that NACCUG’s approaches are the best tool to use in trying to improve the economic status of our families,” he said.
The federation also found out that it was equally important to enhance the credit union with the latest ideal materials needed and as a result, KNF and KSF federations provided five credit unions with computers, tables and executive chairs.
Also speaking at the presentation was the Finance and Admin Officer of Kombo North Federation, Madam Fatou Suwaneh, who also expressed appreciation for making the presentation of equipment and office furniture to the beneficiaries.
She said this as a result of collective collaboration between the Kombo North Federation and Kombo South Federation.
She also advised the beneficiaries the need to ensure its durability and sustainability, saying the materials should be put into good use for proper control and accountability purpose.
She further assured that KNF would continue to empower the youth through the credit union and urged the beneficiaries to use the items judiciously.
For his part, Pa Daniel Mendy, programme manager of National Association of Cooperative Credit Unions of The Gambia, thanked KNF and KSF for their close collaboration in ensuring that the items were purchased to support the beneficiaries of the intervention sites.
He said the theme that KNF are using to support their beneficiaries such as “Economic Empowerment of poor families”, was a very fitting theme and was part of their vision as the national apex body for all credit union in The Gambia.
He said what the apex body does is to support through economic empowerment of people, especially in the rural communities, and through the philosophy and principle of credit union.
He said the credit union system does not depend on external donors but believe in people helping people.
He also dilated on the importance of the project supporting the rural community, although sustainability remained a problem.
Credit union, he noted, is a very unique financial institution because credit unions are member-owned and member-controlled and the credit union would work for the benefit of their members.
For his part, board chairman of KNF and KSF, Lamin Sanneh, commended the initiatives, saying where much is given much is expected.
He urged the beneficiaries to redouble their effort and work hard to ensure the sustainability of the materials.
He advised them to have target vision in what they need to do and what they want to achieve, saying a lot of documentation could be kept for record purposes.