Cooperative women

I am attending the global get-together of coops this week organised by the international cooperative alliance.

One international initiative is around cooperatives’ work in the current downturn to promote gender equality. Eva Majurin of Coop Africa gave a wonderful presentation, with the example of cooperative banks increasing rather than cutting credit to women farmers in countries like Tanzania, with wonderful results. Helping to give women farmers the same support as men increases crop yields by 22% – good for everyone.


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