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This Co-operatives Fortnight is about celebrating the difference that co-operative’s make to people’s lives around the world. Here’s how our co-operative in Argentina works together with the UK’s largest to support communities around the world.
When I found Tilimuqui, a village in northwestern Argentina over 10 years ago, it had none of the basic needs for a village to survive. I was committed to supporting the community through the sales of the wine our La Riojana co-operative produced in the region, but the resources were limited. It wasn’t until we began to work with the Co-op and they helped us become Fairtrade certified that things began to change.
The power of co-operation transformed the village
Our first project with Co-op was to bring clean water to Tilimuqui which was needed for the animals and crops to survive. Once we completed that we started to build a secondary school which opened in 2010.
Thanks to our close relationship with the Co-op, they were able to provide funding beyond the Fairtrade Premium which enabled us to finish the project in 5 years instead of 10. Since then we’ve seen students go on to be engineers and teachers which has been truly inspirational to our village.
“It changed their lives and the entire dynamics of the village, the village has a new lease of life and the children have broader expectations” Giselle Carril, School Governor
The next project will help 10,000 people and five villages
Currently 10,000 people have no access to healthcare but through the fantastic sales of our wine and the support from the Co-op we have started to build a medical centre. In 2-3 years the clinic should be complete and five villages will finally have access to the healthcare they need.
The Co-op difference
Co-op has given the village the tools to build their own future through the power of co-operation and Fairtrade and we’re proud that our story is continued in communities all over the UK.
By buying Co-op products, Co-op Members not only support communities around the world, but they support communities locally in the UK too through their Local Community Fund.
Export Director of La Riojana
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