At SOCODEVI, the 2016-2017 period was marked by several major achievements, impressive progress, a range of stimulating projects, a motivated and engaged team and solutions adapted to fit needs. It is now clear that SOCODEVI has reached all targets set in the 2014-2017 strategic plan, resulting in sound finances for our organization and allowing us to fulfill our mission.
The women and men working on farms in the Dnipropetrovsk region now have access to a modern grain elevator, the first owned by a cooperative in Ukraine. With a total capacity of 38,000 tons, this impressive installation became a reality thanks to assistance provided under a project to establish cooperatives for grain storage and marketing, an initiative overseen by SOCODEVI in collaboration with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and IRECUS, a research and educational institute for cooperatives and mutuals at the University of Sherbrooke.
SOCODEVI Executive Director Richard Lacasse took part in June in a project results monitoring trip led by Alliance agricole internationale (AAI) to Haiti. CECI Executive Director Claudia Black and UPA DI Secretary General André Beaudoin also were part of the delegation.
During a recent visit to Senegal, we had the chance to meet with former SOCODEVI partners, the Kolda women’s savings and credit mutual and the Ziguinchor regional union of women cooperative members. After being assisted by SOCODEVI, these organizations have continued to expand their efforts to help thousands of their member women and their families!
Sophie Bédard, a member of the Coop fédérée, and Luc Chassé were awarded the SOCODEVI Intercooperation Award at the organization’s annual meeting.