New Cooperative Enterprises
Professional Eco Cleaning (PEC) – Anahi Rojas & Itzel Ramirez
Mission: Support Latina women to live fair lives with access to fair work in the United States. We want workers to have the opportunity and responsibility to own the business, as well as have the time to be able to develop personally, support their family and have stable finances. We seek to employ people remotely in Mexico, who have the capacity to work but have not found the opportunities. We want to show that cooperatives’ benefits for the worker and their community can transcend borders by providing opportunities for ownership for people in Mexico.
About Anahi Rojas: Anahi is from Guanajuato, Mexico and migrated to the United States about 10 years ago. She is the proud mother of Emmanuel and Alexa. Anahi has ample experience in the world of cooperatives having been a worker-owner of an eco-friendly house cleaning cooperative for over 7 years. Being in a cooperative gave her rewarding experience of making business decisions with her fellow Socias (worker-owners,) holding various leadership positions and being an owner! Anahi believes deeply in the cooperative model, since she has witnessed first hand how her sense of individualism was transformed to a community first mentality. She has just completed her year long Cooperative Developer Fellowship with Prospera Co-ops, where she developed an individual development plan, co-facilitated sessions and provided support to emerging founders in the program. She is currently working toward becoming a cooperative developer and providing consulting expertise on cooperative communications and governance. Former Cooperative Development Fellow (2015-2016).
About Itzel Ramírez: Itzel is from Irapuato Gto. Mexico. She immigrated to the United States when she was 12 years old. At this young age she expected to find opportunities in this country. For now she lives with her parents and her 6-year-old sister, they mean the world to her. Now at 23 years-old, she is a community college student and has just launched her first co-operative.
Karany Arts – Jenny Conejo
Mission: Give access to Fair Trade values for artisans in Latin America through the promotion and commercialization of their culturally significant and connected products.
About Jenny Conejo: Jenny was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador with Kichwa roots in an artisan family. Since she was a child she learned how to make blouses to sell in the markets. Jenny moved to the U.S. in 2014 and in 2011 founded Karany Arts in Oakland, California, as an attempt to support fair trade and to promote her Andean culture. Because Jenny is indigenous, she feels very connected to the cultural value of these products and would like to teach people of their ancestral knowledge. Jenny hopes to be able to support smaller producers and cut out exploiting middlemen who undervalue the artisanal work.
Contact information: 510 480 5873 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pepitos Paletas – Nancy Rosales
Mission: Offer organic and authentic paletas in the Bay area to connect people with this Mexican dessert.
About Nancy Rosales: Nancy Rosales is a Bay Area native that began Pepitos Paletas in 2007 as an ice cream company. The business later transitioned to paletas when Nancy realized that there wasn’t a choice for organic and authentic paletas in the area. She is a vibrant and determined entrepreneur with so much creativity that shines through her product. She values authenticity and makes sure that every paleta flavor is connected to her Mexican roots. The paletas are all abuelita (grandma) approved!
Nanny Collective- Aña Castaño
Mission: Creating a platform that allows for self determination for nannies to work with benefits and a future while also providing a safe and convenient service for parents
About Ana Castaño: Ana is from Michoacan, Mexico where she lived until 1996 when she came to California. She has worked with the LGBT and immigrant communities through activism. She previously worked as a teacher in rural areas throughout various Mexican regions. She also began a cooperative in 2014, which she ended two years later. She is now in the beginning stages of starting a second coop for childcare in the Bay Area. She has had five years experience as a nanny and has grown very passionate about being a nurturing presence in the lives of children which is what is motivating this next entrepreneurial endeavor.
Contact information: 925.300.7607 – email@example.com