Sometimes, during in-depth business planning conversations the question, “are all members equal” arises. It’s a tricky question, and it almost always creates serious debate. For some credit union leaders, the obvious answer is yes, but for others, the answer is “it depends.”

Yes, all members are equal

The new Rainbow Co-op is a pared-down version of its former self. “We’ve downsized. We have 2,000 square feet compared to the 8,000 square feet that we once had,” said general manager Patrick Jerome. 

Me, Myself & I is a local charity formed to support people living with dementia in our community

This Club is made up of a collective group of people from the community of Neath Port Talbot with the same objective in connect people with people.

For much of the 1980s and ’90s, I worked as an elementary school teacher in my husband’s hometown. Zhaizi Village, which is located along the Yellow River at the junction of Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Henan provinces in north-central China, is in many respects an ordinary Chinese village. When I had free time, I helped my husband run his agricultural supplies store. This gave me plenty of opportunities to interact with other villagers, and I quickly realized that many of them lacked the technical knowledge to know which fertilizers paired best with which crops.

Thanks to a Rural Cooperative Development Grant from USDA, CDF will continue coordinating the  Homecare Cooperative Initiative and its work developing homecare cooperatives. 

The 2019-20 USDA grant means CDF will:

In the United Kingdom, the FairShares Association has been refining how democratic control can be balanced between founders, workers, investors, and users. Like B-Corps, FairShares projects involve a formal commitment to social, environmental, and financial impact auditing, but it also embeds the equitable sharing of power and wealth.  


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