The cell phones have made a significant impact on the social life of people. Apart from voice and text services, some cell phones have cameras, alarm clock, and radio and allow access to the internet. Youths take advantage of some of these features in a positive manner to organize and maintain social contacts with friends and relatives. They also heavily utilize social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype for entertainment. In the recent years, cell phones carry out mobile money transactions whereby the SIM card is the unique personal identifier. Banks have also made it easier for their customers to access their accounts, check balances, and receive bank statements from their phones.
A key advantage of membership in the Council is that cooperatives with varied business interests join together for unity of action to help maintain a strong presence in today’s complex business economy. Mutually beneficial relationships strengthen cooperatives and, as a trade association, are an important ingredient in the Council’s efforts. On many issues, the entire cooperative community working through the Council can have the greatest impact at both the state and federal levels. In other instances, the Council’s member cooperatives with similar business interests can develop the most effective coalitions to positively influence legislation and subsequent regulations.