Ten retail cooperatives and Co-op News donated a total of £100,000 to the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), which will enable it to provide a sustainable livelihood for female workers. During the COVID-19 crisis period SEWA’s cooperatives distributed around 4,000 household health kits, which included masks made by an artisan co-operative and soap and immune boosters produced by a health cooperative distributed across eight states across India.
The emergency response was co-ordinated by Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative College, who worked together as part of the International Working Group to collect and co-ordinate the donations from The Co-op Group, Midcounties Co-op, Central England Co-op, Scotmid, Lincolnshire Co-op, Southern Co-op, East of England Co-op, Channel Islands Co-op, Chelmsford Star Co-op, Heart of England Co-op and Co-op News.
More information on this initiative is available on Co-operatives UK’s website.
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