Shîlan Co-operative

After the success the commune accomplished with Nisrîn, the members of the commune formed a new co-operative called Shîlan in the Hilaliyah neighbourhood of Qamishlo, which is is home to several co-operatives, with the participation of Shehid Aram commune. Shîlan is a shop that sells underwear, and the co-op was made up of 141 members when it opened. The price of a share at the brginning was 10,000 SYP. Each member of the two communes contributed 50,000 SYP in order to support the project.

The Shilan cooperative was built up in 2016, after several neighborhood meetings which discussed the needs of the district and potential projects. A group of women eventually gathered funds to open a new shop. Its aim is to support poor households, by selling clothes and cosmetics at a lower price than usual shops and by facilitating access to these goods in a neighborhood located far from the central market. The cooperative buys clothes at wholesale price, and resells them for a lower price than common shops. As a result, the cooperative generates minimal profits. The participation of the members is mainly motivated by the idea of covering the needs of the neighborhood in a communal way. As of 2020, the cooperative has 22 members, and is managed by 3 women. The leadership committee does the day-to-day work without receiving money as they want to promote the project and the cooperative economy, while the other members help out when needed. They receive a modest return each month, according to the amount invested. Many members of the Shilan cooperative also participate in the nearby Nesrin cooperative which sells cleaning products, following similar principles. Their plan is to build up a sewing workshop in order to produce clothes locally and create employment in a sector easily accessible to women.

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Introducing the People of Northern Syria to Co-operatives

House of Co-operatives in Qamishlo has distributed flyers to introduce people to the concept of co-operative societies, explain how they work, and strengthen the relationship between people and co-operatives.
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The Role of Communes in the Communal Economy, Nisrîn and Shîlan are Examples of Successful Co-operatives

''Considering the economic situation, the deterioration of the living conditions and the lives of some of the people who live around the two communes, some steps have been taken to help them and support them financially. By letting people participate in the co-operative as members and workers who sell necessities at reduced prices, we help the people to endure the living conditions in the suburbs. There are some people who live in the neighbourhood working in the two projects, and that is reducing unemployment and creating a workforce. We are aiming to increase the economic projects around the commune in order to include more people, help them and cover their needs.''
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Exclusive: Shîlan Underwear Co-operative

A group of mostly women residents of Qamishlo set up Shîlan Co-operative for the sale of underwear on 7th January, 2017 in Hilaliya, a neighborhood in Qamishlo. They were able to establish the co-operative with the support of the local council of the city.