Wages (Women's Action To Gain Economic Security)

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

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Location: 1904 Franklin Street Suite 801 Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission: WAGES’ mission is to build worker-owned green businesses that create healthy, dignified jobs for low-income women. In our cooperatives, women gain good jobs, develop new skills, become leaders in their communities, and increase their economic security.
Results: Over the past decade, WAGES has built four successful green housecleaning cooperatives serving the Bay Area that have given hundreds of women the opportunity to become financially secure, gain business skills, and lead healthier, fuller lives. Overall, co-op members earn 50-100% more than they would make working for a conventional cleaning company, and on average, their household incomes have increased by more than 50% since joining a WAGES affiliated co-op. Most have health and dental insurance, along with other benefits through the co-op, and members build assets through their retained earnings held within the business. The co-ops also prevent the release of thousands of pounds of harmful chemicals into our air and water each year. The two largest co-ops average 30 members each and 1 million in annual sales.
Target demographics: Since 1998, WAGES has focused on creating jobs for Latina immigrant women, who become members of housecleaning cooperatives that use environmentally friendly cleaning techniques to protect worker health and the environment, while building stable, lucrative businesses.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

33 people found this review helpful

I have been a professional working with worker cooperatives for 15 years, and two of their most common challenges are the inability to balance mission with business savvy and failure to replicate. WAGES addresses both of these challenges head on in a spectacular way. It creates vibrant cooperative businesses that fulfill a strong environmental, social, gender, and racial justice mission. It also has replication built into its structure: expect to see green women-owned worker co-ops showing up in your region before long!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

cooperative circles, Latino community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be busy looking for more board members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the competence and passion of staff and other board members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

engaged, sincere, and focused on getting the mission accomplished.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make this country greener and more just by creating a HUGE network of green women-owned businesses.

Ways to make it better...

we all could have foreseen the economic crisis and planned for it.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

trying to nurture businesses in a difficult economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

umm.... that's about it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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27 people found this review helpful

I'm proud to serve as a Board Member of this non-profit, which creates worker-owned eco-friendly home cleaning businesses in the Latina community. Being worker-owners has a huge impact on the personal and family income for the women involved, as well as reducing the health impacts (asthma, reproductive hazards, etc.) of cleaning chemicals by using the least toxic ones available. This is good for the women in the business, their clients -and- the environment, win-win all around.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...the impacts it has on the women in each of the WAGES cooperatives, their families and communities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

...the enthusiasm of the staff and Board in support of WAGES mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...expand the number of cooperatives it has by over 10x and provide hundreds more Green Jobs!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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24 people found this review helpful

I have used Natural Homes Cleaning Cooperative that was started by WAGES. Through my involvement with them I have developed a greater understanding of the toxic effects of most house cleaning methods. I am so thankful for their environmentally friendly cleaning methods that are both wonderful cleaning work and safe for me and the environment

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the effects on the lives of working women

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

providing green, safe jobs for low income women!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very professional and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the lives of many women and protect their health as well as protect the health and environment of homes

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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