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The single voice of a cooperative

A civil war raged in Guatemala from 1960 to 1996 - the longest civil war in Latin America's history. In the Ixil Triangle, where Oikocredit project partner Asociación Chajulense (Chajul) operates today, thousands of civilians were killed, tortured or disappeared. The victims were predominantly Mayan descendants. Today, the coffee and honey farmers of Chajul - made up largely of these Mayan descendants - [...]

Agricultural Company Cornesti: Collective Farming after Communism

Until the Iron Curtain was lifted in 1989, Romanian farms were government owned and run as collectives. While cooperatives were based on group work and shared benefits, membership was forced. After the collapse of the communist regime, farmland was returned to its original owners and soon collectives began to reappear; this time, collectives were characterized with an autonomous, democratic model where farmers [...]

Oikocredit – Cocovico – women empowerment and entrepreneurship

Created in 1993, Cocovico (Coopérative de Commercialisation de Produits Vivriers de Angre) is a cooperative of female vendors based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Since 2004 Cocovico has been an Oikocredit project partner. Cocovico used Oikocredit financing to build a new market in Abidjan in a time when the country was in civil war. At this time, neither banks nor microfinance institutions would [...]

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