All around the world, in the year 2012, people celebrated a business model that puts people first, innovates to meet member need and provides local service while being part of a global network. 

The International Year of the Cooperatives 2012 has come to a close. Visit www.ncba.coop to learn more about cooperatives in the United States. 

Co-ops innovate to meet member needs

Cooperatives provide local service and are part of a global network

"Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility. "

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Co-ops put people first

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Women's Action to Gain Economic Security

WAGES is a nonprofit near San Francisco that helps start co-ops, which then help start other co-ops. For sixteen years WAGES has been training new cooperators and helping them launch their own green housecleaning cooperatives. Now, one of the co-ops is playing an active role in the training process.