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512. DotCoop continuing to grow

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Coop Name: dotCoop N° of Employees: 5
City: Oxford
Country: United Kingdom Year of formation: 2001
Website: http://identity.coop Twitter: Link
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.Coop is the only internet domain that is reserved for cooperatives and cooperative organizations that are guided by cooperative values and principles, such as member ownership and control. DotCoop currently has 4498 registrants of .coop domains, providing cooperatives a way to differentiate their businesses from a sea of .coms and add value to their web site. DotCoop was set up in 2001 by the Midcounties Cooperative to manage the .coop TLD through a subsidiary - Midcounties Co-operative Domains. In 2012, Midcounties Co-operative Domains became Domains.coop, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ICA. Domains.coop Ltd is headquartered in Oxford, UK.  

Since last posting on Stories.coop, DotCoop has grown and the number of domain users continues to increase. DotCoop has a small team based both in Oxford and in the U.S. There are currently five permanent team members: Managing Director – Violetta Nafpaktiti Head of Marketing – Lance Wolak Senior Customer Service Advisor and Registry Operator […]

511. Exhibition of Rwandan Cooperatives

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Country: Rwanda
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Some of the cooperatives in exhibition at the 2019 ICA Cooperatives for Development conference and General Assembly in Kigali, Rwanda in October 2019. Rwanda Coffee Cooperatives Federation (RCCF). RCCF   Rwanda Federation of Horticulture Cooperatives. Including Kozamashyo flower cultivation cooperative. Rwandese Federation of Tea Growers Cooperatives – FERWACOTHE. Founded in 2000 by 13 cooperatives and […]

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510. Australian Parliament passes reforms for co-operatives and mutuals

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Coop Name: Mutuo N° of Employees: 8
City: London
Country: United Kingdom Year of formation: 2001
Website: http://www.mutuo.coop/
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Founded in 2001, Mutuo works internationally to improve the business environment for the co-operative and mutual sector by:

  • Communicating their priorities to decision makers
  • Acting as an advocate with politicians and regulators
  • Building links between mutual business leaders
  • Developing new mutual businesses
Mutuo works with some of the largest and most progressive member owned businesses in the world, our mission is to build the best possible business environment for co-operatives and mutuals wherever they operate. Mutuo’s Partners are Peter Hunt and Mark Willetts.

This is the culmination of three years’ work by Mutuo together with the Australian Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) and an unprecedented collaboration between Australian businesses. We have worked closely with the BCCM for five years, helping to develop a strong narrative around the importance of co-operatives and mutuals in Australia. We strived […]

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509. A Cooperative Story N1: CASA DI ALICE, Italy

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Coop Name: Aroundtheworld.coop
City: Rome N° of Members: 6
Country: Italy Year of formation: 2018
Website: http://aroundtheworld.coop Twitter: Link
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Aroundtheworld.coop is a project dreamt and developed by Andrea and Sara, a married couple who decided to put together their passions and skills and embark on a thrilling experience of a lifetime: travelling around the world for one year, documenting different sorts of cooperatives on all the continents. We believe that cooperatives and other forms of member-based organizationsplay a crucial role in reassigning sovereignty over the use of resources to communities and building a sustainable economy for the benefit of the all humanity and our planet. Each cooperative is a unique ensemble of people and communities who have voluntarily engaged in collective actions to improve their lives, relying on their own shared visions, creativity, passion and innovative ideas. For this reason, aroundtheworld.coop is committed to meeting people from all continents, listening to their stories and learning from each unique experience. Follow the project to find out more about this exciting travel documenting how cooperatives can make the difference in promoting sustainable development worldwide while leaving no one behind. 15 countries, 5 continents, 12 months! A cooperative world is possible! Aroundtheworld.coop is a project supported by the ICA-EU partnership on cooperative development (#coops4dev)

The first stop on the 1-year aroundtheworld.coop journey to visit cooperatives the world over is “Casa di Alice” (Alice’s home) and the ‘Altri Orizzonti – Jerry Essan Masslo’  cooperative in Castel Volturno in Southern Italy. Watch the video and read the full story of this cultural transformation taking place in lands dominated by the mafia. What […]

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508. A growing coop in Nigeria

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Coop Name: Total E&P Nigeria Cooperative N° of Employees: 42
City: Lagos N° of Members: 1643
Country: Nigeria Year of formation: 1984
Website: http://https://www.totalupstreamng.coop/
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Total E&P Nigeria Staff Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited (Total E&P Co-op) commenced operations in 1984 as Total E & P (Nigeria) Thrift and Credit Society Limited. It had an initial capital of N20, 000,000.00, and has grown from double digit membership at inception, to 1,643 members today. As with such societies, membership is voluntary and open to Total staff across Nigeria. Now a $140M (N45.03bn) asset base (audited 2018), with 42 professional staff, and currently the most profitable Co-operative in West Africa, Total E&P Co-op remains the first and only co-operative in Nigeria to appoint an External Auditor (PwC).

Though the economic downturn of the early 80s, and the era of essential commodities was frustrating the average Nigerian, the staff of Total were quick to spot the opportunities in the prevalent nationwide economic recession. They quickly mobilized for communal economics, a situation where they agreed to come together for bulk purchase of essential commodities […]

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