Resiliency and the Role of Cooperatives

Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Resiliency is front and center in the news these days.  It is the ability to overcome challenges of all kinds–trauma, tragedy, personal crises, plain ‘ole’ life problems–and bounce back stronger, wiser, and more personally powerful.

So how do cooperatives contribute to resiliency - resiliency of communities, businesses, people?  One such story of resiliency recently appeared in the NCBA CLUSA weekly newsletter.  This powerful story of women of Niger illustrates how they created solidarity in their community to ensure a better future for all their children through bettter early childhood nutrition.  Their efforts have already inspired three surrounding villages to adopt similar practices.