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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... Learn more
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An online survey conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO)’s Cooperatives Unit and the International Co-operative Alliance shows 75 per cent of survey respondents feel that women’s participation in co-operatives has increased over the past 20 years. P resident of the International Co... Learn more
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An artisan market at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will showcase the handicraft of women from around the world who work with artisan cooperatives to empower their communities. Cooperatives from Haiti, Rwanda, Morocco, Laos, Nepal, India and Bolivia will be among those represented... Learn more
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The University of Washington's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is opening its new exhibit, “Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities". The exhibit runs from June 12- Oct. 27. Go to https://www.burkemuseum.org/events/category/empowering for more information. Learn more
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The July War of 2006 was swift and decimated towns and villages. Deir Kanoun Ras El Ein, had been home to an eight year old women’s cooperative which was almost destroyed. Now 23 women strong, the cooperative invested in commercial equipment and now produces Mallet El Smeed in sufficient quantities... Learn more
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In the small low-income community of Toisapu, in the Maluku islands, nutmeg used to be seen as a waste fruit. That all changed in 2010, when the “Sejuk Women Cooperative” came up with the idea of using the rest of the fruit to produce juice. Initially, the cooperative produced about 40 to 50... Learn more
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Entrepreneurs around the globe are being urged to form cooperatives. One such example is from Tanzania. Tunu Pinda, wife of the Tanzanian Prime Minister, urged women entrepreneurs to form groups or gooperatives to easily access loans, and local, regional and international markets. For more... Learn more
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The TICE cooperative aims to help children, families and schools reach their educational goals by DOING something effective. After achieving the best expertise by intensive practice in USA, the 30-something female researchers who own the cooperative decided to actively fight the brain-drain by... Learn more
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The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968, begun by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work. They began modestly, by selling handcrafts at local shops and the annual agricultural show in... Learn more
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