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415. Cheese, Soccer Balls and Sweaters: Worth Their Salt

Only a generation ago a single salt mine offered the vast majority of job opportunities for the people of Salinas de Guaranda, Ecuador. This salt mine was not a cooperative. It did not offer collective governance to the workers. Owned by a single man, the workers received low wages in unsafe conditions with no hope […]

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404. Salted Earth

Fifty years ago a massive lagoon lay next to the village of Toubab Dialow. Today a small puddle gathers in the rainy season, but, come September, the land is dry and barren once again. Changes in vegetation and soil have destroyed the lagoon and, along with it, the community’s fishing industry. A cooperative of women […]

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57. Costa Rican Farmers’ Cooperative Diversify and Succeed

Salt, shrimp and tropical fruit: it’s not a typical product range. But after 35 years of business, Costa Rican farmer’s cooperative Coonaprosal has grown to encompass all three products. The successful cooperative is one of 288 cooperatives funded by Oikocredit, an international social investment cooperative. It was 1974 when Carlos Bonilla took the first steps […]