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Review for WAGES (Women's Action to Gain Economic Security), Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The more I know about this organization, the more incredible I think they are. WAGES helps low income immigrant women form their own green cleaning co-operatives. I know that's a mouthful, but they have a ton of integrity and tackle loads of social justice issues: *empowering women *immigrant rights *business development in low-income communities *use of co-operative models *green cleaning *making work for all people dignified The women in the WAGES-built co-ops enjoy substantially better income and benefits than they did pre-co-op, and as co-owneres, they have a much greater stake in their work.

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

...its continued growth! WAGES launched another co-operative this year and continues to build leaders at all of their affiliated co-ops.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would... quite proud. The staff at WAGES are all incredible and know exactly what they're doing.

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

...their commitment to tackle as many issues in the realm of social justice as they encounter.

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

...friendly, charming, committed, and busy.

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

...launch more co-operatives. With a housecleaning market full of green cleaning co-operatives, they could begin incubating green co-ops in different fields.

Ways to make it better...

...I spoke better Spanish. I would like to talk with the co-op members more.

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

...funds. Like all non-profit organizations, their donors are cutting back. As are all small non-profits, they already are lean and mean; I hope they manage through further belt-tightening.

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

...I'd love to know more about the training co-op members undergo prior to launching their co-op.

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Role:  Volunteer & I work in their same building and have helped proofread some of their newsletters.