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Apr 29, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A year after Ebola devastated swaths of Sierra Leone, killing more than 10,000 people in the region, life in the West African nation is slowly returning to normal. Sierra Leone has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world.

One answer may lie in an innovative program created by Pennsylvania State University’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (PSU-HESE)... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: cooperatives, Sierra Leone, World Hope International
Apr 22, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

How many steps would you walk to score some co-op swag? The “Led ‘Steppin” team of walkers at Cherryland Electric Cooperative in Grawn, Mich., took nearly 2 million steps in its quest to claim the grand prize. The first-ever Spring Step Challenge is a friendly competition among 20 co-ops. It’s the creation of a Michigan co-op employee whose workplace was too small to sustain a wellness program... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, co-ops, electric cooperative
Apr 20, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The growth of one is the growth of all. This is perhaps the most essential part of cooperatives. Maco Development Cooperative (Madeco) just celebrated 25 years of operation.  Madeco has become a cooperative that truly serves not just the people of Maco, but the entire province. Cooperatives in the Philippines are recognized with an important role in the development of the nation. 

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Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops
Apr 17, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Mike Beall, president and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International, will testify on behalf of NCBA CLUSA members and supporters during a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the oppportunities and challenges surrounding... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: NCBA CLUSA, Cuba, cooperative
Apr 16, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

La Casona Cooperative was once operated by the Ministry of Tourism. The workers made the decision to become a cooperative seven months ago. Cooperatives have operated in Cuba's agricultural sector since the start of the revolution in 1959. New economic and social guidelines adopted in 2011 after a nationwide discussion provide the blueprint for the far-reaching restructuring going on in Cuba.... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Cuba, cooperatives, agriculture, service sector
Apr 8, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading financial institution which provides banking products and services to southern Ohio and the nation's cooperatives announced today that in celebration of Financial Literacy Month, that its schools-based financial education program has now reached more than 700 students.... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: NCB, cooperative, financial literacy
Apr 8, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In 1994, from April to July, Rwanda was devastated by a brutal genocide. This war-ravaged nation was left with 70 percent women who had to rebuild the country. In an attempt to rehabilitate, the government encouraged women, especially artisans, to form cooperatives and be entrepreneurial.

Read more about their remarkable stories at... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: rwanda, cooperatives, women, genocide
Mar 24, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

“Our members have invested nearly $100 million in the last five years in dairy processing that has brought increased capacity to our plants, added value to our members’ milk and created jobs for the community,” Nobis (MMPA President) said. “However, we are not finished with expansion as we move forward into 2015, because we see continued production growth by our members and growing global... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: Michigan, cooperative, milk producers
Mar 24, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Some parts of Co-op Nation require a passport to visit—such as Costa Rica, where NRECA International helped get two electric cooperatives started half a century ago.  In 1965, the co-ops barely had 600 members combined.  Today that number is well past 144,000.

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Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: NRECA, cooperatives, coop, electric, electric cooperatives
Mar 24, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

THE Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) emphasized on Tuesday that joining cooperatives will help Filipinos fight poverty.

CDA chairman Orlando R. Ravanera said the cause of poverty is not the lack of resources but powerlessness of the people to have access on and control of resources.

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Topics: Networking Tags: cooperative, poverty, Filipino

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