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Having just been appointed secretary general of Euro Coop, the European Community of Consumer Co-operatives, Todor Ivanov highlighted the importance of innovation and exchange of best practices between European consumer co-operatives. Consumer co-operatives exist in every single country in Europe,... Learn more
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Doubling their number in one stroke to 452, the Council of Ministers approved the creation of 228 non-agricultural cooperatives, according to official media. As part of its economic reforms, Cuba is granting space to private enterprises in “non-strategic” sectors of the economy. The government has... Learn more
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Electric cooperatives have a different way of conducting business than other utilities. The main benefit of the co-op business model is that members own the organization. They receive revenue in excess of expenses, called margins, in the form of patronage capital. Electric co-ops collect enough... Learn more
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In the UK and across the world, co-operatives help provide a better life for immigrants and asylum seekers. A number of immigrants work in the informal economic sector, where jobs are irregular, poorly paid and employees are vulnerable to exploitation. By creating new job opportunities, co-... Learn more
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The cost of living has been on the rise for a while – and for students feeling the pinch, co-operatives are providing cheaper options for accommodation, food and transport. To help, the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland and Co-operative News have launched a new Student’s Guide to Starting a Co-... Learn more
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A commercial grade solar installation slated for construction in Minnesota this spring will produce power for electric cooperatives within months. Dairyland Power Cooperative has agreed to buy the output from a 517-kilowatt facility owned by Minnesota-Three, LLC, a joint venture of three of the... Learn more
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Cooperatives are highly committed to the social and environmental development of their territory as they are based locally. They do not delocalize. Rooted in the community and managed by local stakeholders, they are able to detect local needs and respond to them. Many cooperatives dedicate... Learn more
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Fifty and more years ago, very busy hog, cattle, dairy and grain farmer-members did all the cooperative lifting. They gathered orders, kept accounts and, often as not, used their own trucks, tractors and wagons to deliver their co-op brothers' purchases. Cooperation is an essential tool used by... Learn more
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NCBA CLUSA‘s Annual Cooperatives Conference draws hundreds of cross-sector cooperative leaders passionate about learning the latest best practices and trends for creating powerful change in their organizations. Join us in Washington, DC for two exciting days of advocacy, collaboration and education... Learn more
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The Kilimanjaro Cooperative Bank is another example of the power of cooperatives. Several rural cooperatives came together in 1994/95 to establish the bank. The bank has a number of financial products that are designed for small-scale farmers such as ‘pembejeo loans’, ‘farm implements loan’. In... Learn more
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