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445. Breaking Free From Deep-Rooted Sexism

Founded by nine young unemployed women in 1990 in Scalea, a pretty town along the Calabrian coast, the Idea 90 social cooperative quickly became a local leader in childcare provision. It now works with public authorities and many businesses in the local area to provide a range of services, mostly for children (nurseries, summer schools) […]

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439. Valuing the work of care

CADIAI is one of Italy’s most established social services cooperatives. It was founded in Bologna in 1974 by 30 people, 27 of whom were women. The founders had experience in care, whether as informal workers, home carers, in nursing homes or private rest homes or assisting children and the elderly. Their aims were to ensure […]

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342. Imagine Ecosphera: A Coop Story

A story about Ecosphera, a ‘Type B’ social cooperative that provides environmental services for the city of Forlì, in Emilia Romagna, Italy. The video touches on what it’’s like to work in a worker coop generally, demonstrates the specific types of services Ecosphera offers to the local community, but also the nature and importance of […]

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204. Watthan Artisans work by hand

The members of the Watthan Artisans Cooperative like to say they focus on their abilities, not their disabilities. The treacherous period under the control of the Communist Khmer Rouge regime of Pol Pot in the late 1970s left the country’s economy teetering. Pol Pot’s infamous ‘killing fields’ were mass graves. The number of Cambodians who […]

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103. From cohabitation to services across a territory

It started with ten disabled and non-disabled people living together in a small flat. Now the Gruppo 78 cooperative has grown into a regional network of residential and day centres, protected housing, employment projects and workshops, providing assistance to hundreds of people with mental health and social problems. The current director, Santo Boglioni, was also […]