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Early success of NCBA CLUSA’s resilience project in Niger, Burkina Faso impresses senior U.S. Senate policy advisors

Representatives from the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations say they’re pleased by progress made against benchmarks on NCBA CLUSA’s USAID-funded project that addresses the root causes of chronic vulnerability in the Sahel region of Northern Africa while promoting economic resilience.

This five-year, $70 million project implemented in Niger and Burkina Faso, “Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel-Enhanced Resilience” (REGIS-ER), is empowering local communities with the tools and knowledge necessary to adapt to climate change, withstand food crises and improve nutrition, especially among children under the age of five.

The August 18 site visit—the first from observers outside of USAID—began with a stop at REGIS-ER headquarters, followed by a field visit to three REGIS-ER projects in Niger’s Tillabéri region.

In Sassaba, the team visited community members cultivating Moringa in home gardens. The plant is easy to grow and its leaves and seeds are nutrient-dense, making it an ideal crop to supplement both diets and incomes. Just six months after planting, the moringa is already producing edible leaves, providing much-needed nutrition to the village.

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  THUMB 01 Last chance to vote: 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board elections end TODAY!

Have you voted yet? Online elections for the 2014 NCBA CLUSA Board of Directors close today, August 29. All NCBA CLUSA members in good standing are invited to cast their votes. Email Director of Member Relations Thomas Bowen to receive your login credentials if you did not receive them via email on August 4.

Candidates include: Joseph G. Bergeron, Cornelius Blanding, Linda Brockway, Carla Decker, Charles Forman, Esteban Kelly, Maria Miller, Dave Swanson, Ed Yaker and Karen Zimbelman. Click here to meet the candidates.

The election will fill five open positions on the board. â€¨The NCBA CLUSA Board brings consistent focus to the organization's long-term impact, results, purpose, and future opportunities to serve the needs of members. 

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  THUMB 01 ROI everywhere as exhibitors bring learning opportunities to Minneapolis conferences

The 2014 Purchasing and Annual Cooperatives Conferences, to be held jointly at the Renaissance Depot in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 8 to 11, will feature a unique mix of sessions, attendees and conversations as NCBA CLUSA works on “Building a Cooperative Future” across the various sectors through education, convening and networking opportunities.

Attendees will also find, however, that ROI—or Return on Investment—will be a recurring theme in everything that they will experience, with exhibitors in particular playing an integral role. 

On Tuesday, September 9, during the Purchasing Cooperatives Conference, attendees will break into small groups and rotate every 15 minutes to different “mini-breakout” tables, each facilitated by a sponsoring exhibitor. There, they can expect to pick up quick tips, tricks, best practices and other information they can implement upon returning to their organizations.

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  THUMB 01 Payment processing provider TransFirst finding new business with co-op/purchasing groups

Based in New York, TransFirst is one of the nation’s largest providers of secure payment processing with more than 1,300 distribution partners, processing over $48 billion for 200,000 merchants in 2013.

“By leveraging existing technology and focusing on providing high-quality and trusted solutions, TransFirst is able to provide its partners and their merchants outstanding payment processing expertise and service,” said James Scott, director of Business Development for TransFirst.

TransFirst recently entered the co-op/purchasing group sector, Scott said, and is currently engaged in learning what services best resonate with the industry.

“Because co-ops leverage the buying power of the group, they allow for a much greater cost savings on service, while at the same time ensuring that a partner like TransFirst is providing the highest level of service, support and technical expertise,” Scott said.

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  THUMB 01 How America's largest worker owned co-op lifts people out of poverty

In a move recognizing the role of co-ops to create quality jobs and spur economic growth, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council in June allocated $1.2 million to fund the development of worker cooperatives. Supporters say the investment will help the city build on the success of Cooperative Home Care Associates. Reporter Laura Flanders wrote this article for The End of Poverty, the Fall 2014 issue of YES! Magazine

Before Zaida Ramos joined Cooperative Home Care Associates, she was raising her daughter on public assistance, shuttling between dead-end office jobs, and not making ends meet. "I earned in a week what my family spent in a day," she recalled. 

After 17 years as a home health aide at Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), the largest worker-ownded co-op in the United States, Ramos recently celebrated her daughter's college graduation. She's paying half of her son's tuition at a Catholic school, and she's a worker-owner in a business where she enjoys flexible hours, steady earnings, health and dental insurance, plus an annual share in the profits. She's not rich, she says, "but I'm financially independent. I belong to a union, and I have a chance to make a difference."  
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NCBA CLUSA would like to thank the following sponsors of this year’s Annual and Purchasing Cooperatives Conferences.
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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference
2014-Sep-08 10:00 am - to - 2014-Sep-10 12:30 pm
 
 
 
2014 Annual Cooperative Conference
2014-Sep-09 01:45 pm - to - 2014-Sep-11 11:45 am
 
 
 
2014 International Summit of Cooperatives
2014-Oct-06 12:00 am - to - 2014-Oct-09 12:00 am
 
 
 
 
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About NCBA CLUSA
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
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