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Women Cooperative fails to serve its purpose

Sonam Darjay, Kanglung
Mar 1, 2016

Women Cooperative fails to serve its purposeA women’s livestock feed cooperative, established under Lumang Gewog in Trashigang, has failed to serve its purpose. The cooperative was established to enhance economic opportunity for women and girls.

Lumang women livestock feed cooperative was established in October 2014 with 107 members. But now the cooperative is left with only 20 members. Members started quitting the group after they failed to make any profit.

According to the group’s chairperson, lack of raw materials and poor marketing hindered the feed production. Members living in scattered location also added to the problem.

“To tell the truth, our feed production has not benefited the members in our community,” said the Group Secretary, Tshomo.

She said the remaining members are working without any financial benefit. “If we had a vehicle, we could have marketed more feeds to other gewogs as well. Right now we can market within our community only.”

In order to revive the cooperative, members have decided to lease out the feed mill to one of its member. The member will run the feed mill for three years and pay Nu 18,000 in a month to the cooperative.

Till now, the feed cooperative has produced only around 300 bags of poultry and animal feeds. The feeds were produced based on demand. The feeds were mostly sold within the gewog and to a few nearby gewogs.

The Lumang Women Livestock Feed Cooperative was established with financial support from Asian Development Bank and implemented by Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurs.



3 Comments for “Women Cooperative fails to serve its purpose”

  1. Karma

    Did we provide adequate and appropriate technical and other logistical support? I hope it is not another case of tragedy of asking too much too soon from the women’s group. Moreover, BBS did disservice to their cause by labelling their enterprise as a “failure”. It is definitely undergoing some difficulties.

  2. Pema K Dorji

    Bbs thanks

  3. Tshering

    I believe the the choice of word ” fail to serve its purpose” has done no justice to describe the situation there. That women cooperative at Lumang is still active and working. We should also understand that Cooperatives is very new to our context and people need time in mainstreaming this coop culture in their daily lives and this is the first Feed cooperative ever. Yes there are some logistic challenges and difficulties they facing at the moment but aren’t we expecting too much too soon?

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