Equal Shares: Oodi Weavers and the Cooperative Experience

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Between The Lines, 1999 - Political Science - 188 pages
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Equal Shares tells a fascinating story--the history of a group of dynamic tapestry workers who changed the economic life of their community. The authors examine a key community-based cooperative in Botswana that was launched in the early 1970s, and is hailed as a model for development and social change. With little formal education, virtually no job experience, still working their own agricultural lands, and many as single mothers, the co-op workers have maintained their business for over twenty-five years. Equal Shares is written in different voices, and tells the story of the defining moments in the lives of the Oodi Weavers. As the workers weave their village stories into the tapestries, the book weaves a story that depicts their evolving collective experience. It's a model of community action. Inspiring reading for all those fighting to take control of their economic lives.

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About the author (1999)

Dennis Lewycky has worked for the government of Botswana, CUSO, and Oxfam Canada. Keitseope Nthomang is a lecturer of Social Policy and Community Practice at the University of Botswana.

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