CCCD is committed to bettering the lives of under-served groups through the development of cooperatives that create jobs, home ownership opportunities, child care, and more! Cooperatives bring needed services to communities, and they are also a source of empowerment for the disempowered.
Empowerment comes when people gain control over a significant piece of their life and this becomes a vehicle to realizing entitlement to control and power in other areas. Since cooperatives are owned and democratically controlled by their members, empowerment is integral to membership.
The “Bahati Mamas” formed a farming cooperative as part of a joint project between the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in San Diego and CCCD. The original eight members emigrated to the US from Somalia after spending years in refugee camps. Today they farm land shared with another worker cooperative in San Diego. The women operate their business together, which includes growing row crops, transporting and selling them to restaurants and at farmers markets, and cooperatively sharing the benefits from their enterprise. Through the cooperative, each Bahati Mama contributes to her family income and realizes independence in her new country.