UTAFITI SACCO Ltd was registered in 1978 with its initial membership being drawn from the employees of ILRI and other organizations of a ‘common bond’ hosted at ILRI i.e (CIP, IITA, ISAAA and AATF), CABI, St. Lawrence University, IPGRI and Africa Harvest. Membership is now open to other organizations subject to these organizations indicating their willingness to abide by the by-laws.
MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY UTAFITI SACCO’s operations are centered on membership. Stable and growing membership will continue to remain the society’s focus. A person of either gender shall be eligible for membership who possesses all of the following qualifications:
(*extracted from By-laws, article 11)
Utafiti Sacco generally follows the principle of “once a member, always a member,” which allows current Sacco membership to continue even if the individual would no longer qualify to be a member (such as having changed professions or moved outside the area). If a member voluntarily terminates their membership, they are eligible to rejoin, subject to the Sacco’s by-laws and Cooperative’s regulations.
All members of UTAFITI SACCO receive equal treatment and attention. Utafiti now allows immediate family members of the principal member to join the SACCO for membership expansion. With a wide variety of ways to qualify to join the Sacco, Utafiti has a much broader “field of membership” than it’s name would imply.