China: The Hundred Flowers Needlework Cooperative in Magao village, Ningxia autonomous region

This cooperative was established in October 2007 and has 109 members, all of whom are women. The cooperative functions under the cooperative principles to produce handicraft needlework, which allows them to increase their capacities to study, organise, and enter the market. They have launched a needlework brand with characteristics from China’s North East.

7 April 2009

By Gung Ho - ICCIC

The establishment of the cooperative has increased their income, improved their living conditions, and contributed to local development.

The long-term goal of the cooperative is to channel the women’s wisdom and skills to develop the local handicraft needlework techniques, and help them enter the domestic and international market to increase their income, obtain the recognition of their labour, raise their general capacities, stimulate a world vision based on autonomy and trust in their own strength, reinforce their sense of self-recognition and of social responsibility, and create new rural development.

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