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SECOOP to support Women’s cooperatives in 30 de Agosto hamlet

SECOOP to support Women’s cooperatives in 30 de Agosto hamlet

Elizário Ferreira, Secretary of State for Cooperatives

DILI, 25 june 2021 (TATOLI) – The Secretary of State for Cooperatives (SECOOP) pledged to support women in 30 de Agosto hamlets to set up their own cooperatives to strengthen the family economy.

The Secretary of State for Cooperatives (SECOOP), Elizário Ferreira made the comments following a request by a 30 de Agosto hamlet woman during the distribution of the staple food to the flood-affected communities.

“For you who have already initiate to begin your cooperatives, SECOOP is there to help you. Later on, my Director-General will have your contact number to communicate with you. They will visit your place to see your group and how to help you with composing a good proposal to be submitted to SECOOP to get any materials that are needed for your cooperatives,” said Ferreira.

Ferreira said creating more cooperative groups was important to increase more business activities in the villages in order to support the family economy.

“You request manual sewing machines but you need to submit a proposal. A team will come to assist you with writing a proposal based on your needs and after that you can get those materials to begin your cooperatives,” said Ferreira.

He said the aim of setting up a cooperative is to benefit all members of the group.

At the same place, Ana Paulina Miranda Freitas represented her group presenting to the SECOOP their group’s cooperative.

“We have set up a group, but unfortunately we can’t afford to buy all of the materials to realize our dream of creating a women’s cooperative in the village. Therefore, today His Excellency, the Secretary of State for Cooperatives is here and we take this special opportunity to present to him our dream. We want a manual sewing machine and other related machines,” said Freitas.

She said apart from sewing cooperatives, her group also wanted to initiate other cooperatives, such as bakeries and so on.

Last week, SECOOP facilitated 200 young people with training on cooperative management, aiming to increase the involvement of young people in cooperative activities in the villages.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Rafy Belo

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