communication is having cooperative assemblies more than once a year. Other options
for improved communication are newsletters or posters updating members on important
issues with the cooperative.
A weakness discussed in the study was the function of the Boards of Trustees. In
many cooperatives, this Board does not function because the members do not know the
function of the body or they lack the skills and education to carry them out. It is a risk
for cooperatives to operate without functioning Boards of Trustees. An education
program should be implemented by FEHCAFOR or IHC to train Boards of Trustees from
the different cooperatives. The entire body of cooperative leadership, including Boards
of Directors and Boards of Trustees, should also be able to participate in an educational
program offering basic leadership and management skills.
Benefits for Cooperative Members and Communities
The benefits cooperative members and communities receive as a result of the
cooperatives and their activities are the primary justification for the cooperatives’
existence. The benefits for members include employment, cash income, credit,
emergency financial support, and the opportunity to gain new skills and experience. The
communities benefit from the cooperatives in the form of increased economic stability,
direct or indirect assistance from the cooperative for community projects, and forest and
water conservation near the communities.
Good experiences should be emphasized and can be used as examples in
promoting new cooperatives or advocating issues important to existing cooperatives to