The Kampala Kindness Cooperative

Operation Kindness Uganda have just launched their latest initiative- the Kampala Kindness Cooperative!

Framed within the values of kindness and solidarity, the cooperative aims to uplift the lives of its members through cooperative business activity based on the principles of voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, member economic participation, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, co-operation among co-operatives and a central concern for the wider community. The cooperative has a vision of transforming society through the promotion of social and economic solidarity amongst young people working together for the common good.

A strong emphasis is placed upon social responsibility. The cooperative will regularly fund local community groups from the profits of its business (this will be accomplished through ring-fencing 10% of net profits on an annual basis for a community grants fund). With solidarity as a central value, common interests and purposes will be developed between members, the community and with other co-operatives. Educational activities will also be facilitated for the members and community on cooperative values in order to contribute towards inspiring a cooperative economy in Uganda.

You can follow their initial business venture ‘Kampala Cobblers’ on their Facebook page

“We commit to leading a consciousness revolution that will empower citizens to critique and challenge the current dominant neoliberal worldview and develop strategies towards kinder, more equitable solutions through simple, collective efforts. We come together as a social movement and pledge to organise through community mobilisations, direct action, policy formation and through a range of forums and self-education groups. We commit ourselves to kindness and solidarity.”

(Joint Commitment made at the Operation Kindness Conference 2016 in Kampala: ‘Towards a Kinder World: Alternatives to Neoliberal Globalization’)