The Government of Rwanda recognizes the central role that cooperatives have to play in promoting inclusive, sustainable development and economic transformation. Cooperatives are a unique form of self-help group, pooling members’ resources to achieve economies of scope and scale.
Cooperatives have a great poverty reduction potential. By pooling resources together in and keeping strong links to their local environments, cooperative members stand to benefit significantly from joining a cooperative. EBS understands well the challenges that are being faced by cooperatives in Rwanda. These challenges include: limited information and awareness of existing policies, laws, regulations and internal rules, poor governance skills in cooperatives, financial mismanagement, due to non-transparent decision-making process, embezzlement, due to poor monitoring procedures, lack of financial reporting and weak internal communication system, threats, due to poor financial literacy and weak self-help of members, interest of conflict creates disconnects between leadership and the membership base.
To address these challenges, EBS designs the innovative programs that help address the challenges: these programs include: Effective Governance and Leadership, Implementation of the new Cooperative Law 2021, Internal Control and Audit, Business Planning and Access to Finance, Marketing of cooperative products, Business Model Cavas, Saving and saving Goals, and Effective communication.