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Bread and Cooperatives

One Sunday evening in spring 1920, 173 workers in the Argentine city of Bahía Blanca decided to form a cooperative to combat the growing spread of bakery cartels. Since then, the Cooperativa Obrera (“workers’ cooperative”) has grown to become the largest consumer cooperative in Argentina and the second-largest in Latin America, with 107 stores in 52 cities, 4,400 employees and more than [...]

Why a worker cooperative?

Along with a couple of my co-founders of a worker cooperative developing an indoor playground and cafe, I am currently taking a course entitled "Small Business: The Fundamentals" through our local small business development council.  As part of the 20-hour course, the instructors go over the types of legal entities an entrepreneur should consider utilizing for her/his business.  There are really only [...]

Many Looms, One Town, One Cooperative

“It’s my brothers and sister and cousins and then a few people from our town. We are all family. We all live in Teotitlan.” Surrounded by stacks of thick, vibrant, hand woven rugs Louis Martinez describes the members of Teotitlan Cooperative. “In my family we are the third generation of cooperative,” he explains. Martinez’s Zapateca family has been weaving since before Pedro de [...]

Café Revolution: Better than Fair Trade

13 years ago US natives Matt Earley and Mike Moon started working intermittently in the Chiapas region of Mexico. The men were there to support the Zapatista movement underway, but their involvement quickly took on a new and specific form. Seeking ways to improve economic stability, the little coffee communities around Pantelho, Chiapas organized into a coffee cooperative called “Yachil Xolobal Chulchan” [...]

The self-delivery model of the Windvogel in practice

The Windvogel is a cooperative association whose goal is the realisation and generation of renewable energy. The Windvogel contributes to this through the development of new wind turbines and the purchasing and operating of existing turbines and solar PV installations. Founded in 1991 the cooperation now has over 2000 members in the Netherlands. It has five turbines with a total capacity of [...]

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