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358. A flow of member benefits

“We sell plumbing gear to plumbers who are mainly our members, each with an equal vote.” That’’s the succinct description of the Plumber Supplies Co-operative (PSC) given by Tony Rogic, its general manager, sales. And it applied equally well when the co-operative was formed back in 1955. At that time Australian tradespeople faced a post-war […]

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309. COOTRASERVICORD CTA: Successful Experiences

It used to be that a public company provided the critical service of maintaining water and sewage facilities for the people of Monteria, Columbia. However, when the company faced liquidation, several former employees recognized a crucial need in their community. They banded together to make sure the water and sewage network and systems did not […]

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232. Beyond Rural Electrification

A casual visit sometime in the summer of 2007 in Purok Cadanlaan, Dahican, a secluded and quiet village in the shoreline of the Pacific at the eastern part of the City of Mati was the start of a “dream come true” for the residents of the village and its neighboring ones. No more was this […]

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228. Keeping Water Flowing in Chile

Fresh, clean, affordable water. It is difficult to imagine anything more important. Throughout rural Chile small cooperatives manage regional sanitation. Driving through the countryside, one sees occasional lagoons and water tanks glinting in the distance. Dedicated community members maintain these reservoirs and the pipes and drainage systems that keep them functioning. However, groups often work […]

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200. Clean Water, Cooperative Principles

Rapid urbanization around the world is greatly increasing pressure on public water utilities, meaning that getting clean drinking water and safely disposing of waste can be some of the biggest problems facing city-dwellers in developing countries. One Bolivian success story has shown how cooperatives might provide an alternative way for urban communities to get clean […]