205. Patti Carpenter, Entrepreneur and ACDI/VOCA Volunteer, on the Value of Women in Cooperatives

With her keen sense of Western consumer preferences, Patti Carpenter, president and creative director of New York City’s Continuum Home, Inc./Carpenter + Company, works with artisans in emerging markets to design products that can be produced using indigenous forms and methods, and then she pitches them to such well-known retailers as Bloomingdale’s. Through organizations like […]


The name ACDI/VOCA dates back to the 1997 merger of Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance. Both were nonprofit international economic development organizations founded by the U.S. cooperative community. The organization helped develop cooperatives around the world that reflected the merits of joint ownership, democratic governance and economic advantage. Today ACDI/VOCA […]