ESSET's Informal Trade Programme Officer, Mandla Mndebele, presents information about the Solidarity Economy.
Cooperative representatives from Cape Town, Zenande Co-op and women of Good Taste Co-op.
ESSET staff, Xolelwa Mshubeki and Madalitso Mtine
Gauteng cooperative representatives, Women in the Kraal Co-op
Durban co-ops representatives
Eastern co-ops representatives
Swaziland representatives, Akuhlali Kunje Co-op
Participants listening attentively
Madalitso Mtine, ESSET programmes manager, wrapping up the session on the Solidarity Economy
Regional meeting with female informal trader cooperatives
23 June 2016, Johannesburg. In 2013 ESSET initiated a project for female cooperatives. The main goal of the project was to improve the livelihoods of poor and unemployed women who rely on informal trading for survival.
This project was aimed at achieving three main results:
- Female informal traders are empowered to promote and form co-operatives through information about the legal framework for informal trade, co-operative legislation and the registration process, as well as the use of international examples of successful women cooperatives.
- Female informal traders have information about Solidarity Economy, and that they are able to conduct their economic activities in accordance with its Solidarity Economy values, including self-management, participatory democracy, cooperation instead of competition, people over profit, social justice, protection of the environment, etc.
- Female informal traders promote and form women cooperatives.
On the 23 June 2016, ESSET facilitated a consultative meeting with its formulated cooperatives from Swaziland, Lesotho, and South Africa. The purpose of this consultative meeting was to assess the extent and situation in which the women cooperatives are operating, and to identify key issues that ESSET can support. The meeting also served as a platform to discuss Solidarity Economy practices and share the ESSET 2016 Informal Trade Programme workplan.