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A recent article in the online Namibian discusses the importance of cooperatives in helping lift youth and women out of poverty in the Karas and Hardap regions of Namibia. 

The registrar of cooperatives, Loide Jason, said cooperatives in the two regions have grown to a level where farmers have started making money by selling their animals. Jason was speaking at the regional celebrations of the 'International Year of Cooperatives' for Karas and Hardap held at the Keetmanshoop Schutzenhaus Guesthouse last week.

Jason further hailed the youth of the two regions for their dedication and active involvement in forming and joining cooperatives. She said young people should be encouraged to join organisations that help them create employment, instead of migrating to towns in the hope of getting employment there.

The chairperson of the Cooperatives' Advisory Board, Oloff Munjanu, "Our rural sector needs organisations such as cooperatives to enhance social cohesion and economic growth at micro-level, and also to channel support to marginalised societies in remote areas."

The remainder of the article can be found at http://allafrica.com/stories/201206120187.html.

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