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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


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