The country’s oldest ‘bank’ run by and for female sex workers, Usha Multipurpose Co-operative Society, is on an expansion mode and is opening its doors to male customers. Established on June 21, 1995, bank is located in India’s largest red light area of Sonagachi in Kolkata.

The VI International Gathering of “The Workers’ Economy” will take place in Argentina between August 30 and September 2, 2017. An opening event will be held at the worker-recuperated Hotel BAUEN in the City of Buenos Aires, and the rest of the gathering will continue at the facilities of the Textil Pigüé Cooperative, a worker-recuperated factory in the interior of the province of Buenos Aires.

With a broader understanding of the solidarity economy in Brazil in mind, testimonials from participating entrepreneurs themselves show the real advantages of this kind of work, from circumventing market exclusion to creating new kinds of spaces where women are reimagining the divide between domestic and productive spheres.


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