The House of Co-operatives in Girkê Legê district seeks to establish more co-operative societies in order to promote the principle of the participatory economy and to consolidate social ties among all groups of society.
The center of the House of Co-operatives is located in the Girkê Legê district in order to supervise, establish and manage the co-operative societies in Girkê Legê and Çil Agha districts and their countryside. The association aims to study useful economic projects and implement them through participatory work through the establishment of co-operative societies whose members contribute to financing, administrating and sharing the profits.
Three new co-operatives in Çil Agha district
During the experience of the previous years, the co-operative societies established in Girkê Legê and Çil Agha proved their economic feasibility as well as their social benefits in terms of strengthening the social ties and the culture of participatory work in addition to their contribution to the extent of enhancing the economic reality and developing the local production.
The experience of the past years and by taking advantage of some of the shortcomings and errors which emerged, the House of Co-operatives began to implement three economic projects in Çil Agha district and its countryside, involving dozens of families.
The Electrical Generator Co-operative in Abrah village: The idea of the project came with the aim of securing electric power for the people of the village. Thus, the Electrical Generator Co-operative was established with the participation of 100 shareholders. Each shareholder participates with the sum of 85,000 SP [around £125]. The value of the shares was invested in the purchase of a generator and the extension of the main and subsidiary networks.
The project has come into force and all the people of the village are benefiting, where electricity is provided to the people for 8 hours a day at a cost of 1,300 Syrian pound [under £2] per ampere a month.
The Goose Breeding Co-operative: Rural people usually raise many types of domestic poultry. In order to transform the breeding of birds into a successful collective investment project, the House of Co-operatives has established a project for raising geese in the form of a co-operative society, and 9 shareholders participate in the project with 80,000 SP [just under £120] per share. The project has already started to raise 125 geese on the basis of expanding the project gradually.
Sheep Raising Project: This project is also based on the social life style in the countryside of the area. Livestock breeding is considered the most important source of livelihood. The sheep farming co-operative was established in Çil Agha district with the participation of 49 contributors. The project has now started to raise 100 sheep, and it will be gradually expanded.
Jaloud Mahmoud Abdi, an administrator of the House of Co-operatives in Girkê Legê district, said that the main objective of these associations is to promote the culture of the participatory work, develop the economic sector and achieve self-sufficiency.