Why Many Cooperative Societies Fail In Nigeria

Have you ever thought to yourself why sometimes you hear about some cooperative societies, then suddenly you stop hearing about them? Sometimes cooperative societies find it difficult to survive due to certain factors and this has hampered growth in Nigeria’s economy.

Cooperative societies are autonomous associations of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs by forming an enterprise owned and controlled by a group of people. They are crucial in helping to make up for the excesses of society.

hands together showing the oneness evident in cooperative societies

We have discussed in detail how cooperatives can get incorporated but here we will talk about how cooperative societies can be run successfully to avoid an early demise.

Before we move on to that, let’s look at the benefits of cooperative societies in Nigeria;

  • Providing affordable finance

    Financial cooperatives such as credit unions provide sustainable financial support for people excluded from the traditional banking system. As a result, they lend cautiously because they are run by people of the community and for the people of the community. Credit unions offer a safe approach to savings and loans.

  • Building local expertise and profits 

    Cooperative societies help to build local expertise because they are run by the people of the community. They also pass on their expertise to other people in the community. Hence, the profits generated are reinvested in the cooperative.

  • Creating decent jobs

          Around the world, cooperatives employ people and many people secure their livelihoods through them. This is the same in Nigeria. As people-centered businesses, their goal is to provide decent work with job security and good working conditions. 

Factors that contribute to the success of cooperative societies

The benefits mentioned above show us why it is important that cooperative societies are run successfully in Nigeria. Here are some of the factors that contribute to the success of cooperative societies in Nigeria;

  • Innovation and adaptation
  • Very detailed and advanced planning
  • Skilled management
  • Effective communication
  • Common member interest
  • Networking with other cooperatives.

While we looked at these factors, we also realised that one thing that causes cooperatives to fail is a faulty foundation. This is important because cooperatives have to do the required groundwork before launching into business. This goes on to affect their performance and growth, thereby causing them to shut down operations.

Prerequisites that ensure a successful cooperative society

  • Establish a steering committee

    Your cooperative need to have a group of people who identify your mission and core values. Develop a plan and a schedule for researching and developing the organization. Coordinate a meeting of potential members to test out the level of interest in the cooperative’s ideas.

  • Create a business plan and recruit more members

    A cooperative has to create a business plan that will serve as a blueprint for starting the operation and development of the organisation. A typical business plan includes an executive summary, description of the company, market analysis, product research and development, marketing and sales plan, organizational structure, and financial data.

  • Carry out a feasibility study

    In this case, members look into the usual challenges like market issues and operating costs. In some cases, local or state governments may help provide financial and technical assistance in conducting a feasibility study.

  • Secure financing: 

    Your cooperative will require money for everything needed to allow the business to function properly. While a member may invest their money, cash injection can come from various places. The sources are seen in cases where cooperatives apply for business loans and start-up grants.

Successful cooperative societies in Nigeria

Successful cooperative societies never go unnoticed. Here are some of the successful cooperative societies in Nigeria;

How Africa Prudential Can Help Your Cooperative Society Stay in Business

Our mission as a brand is to help businesses thrive with the aid of digital technology. Our digital product, Easycoop was specially designed to help cooperatives thrive. EasyCoop, an automated cooperative management solution, takes care of end-to-end digitisation of the administration for cooperative societies. It enables cooperative requests like loan applications, savings withdrawal, smart financial reporting and so much more. Hence, it handles operations for cooperatives while they have time to focus on expansion and longevity.

You can visit www.myeasycoop.com to find out more about EasyCoop or send an email to cxc@africaprudential.com to make inquiries about how our team of professionals can help your cooperative stay in business.

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