Cooperatives are Taking Root in North Syria

Cooperative societies have been established in North Syria to develop the communal economy. They have proven that they can satisfy people’s needs and prevent some traders from monopolising, and so far there are more than 142 co-operatives. A co-operative society is an independent group of people who co-operate voluntarily for shared social, economic and cultural benefits.

Qamishlo in Rojava Gets its First Co-operative Park

The Environmental Office in the Municipality of East Qamishlo [Qamişlo / Qamishli / Al-Qamishli] is working to renovate Shehid Warshin Park, and invest in it as a co-operative society for the people in the commune of Shehid Farhan, in the Ashuriyah district. Shehid Warshin is lacking services and people have to go very far if they want to

The First Women’s Co-op in Manbij: The House of Delight

The Women’s Committee in Manbij [Minbic / Mumbuj] formed a co-operative for women on 6 September in co-ordination with the Economic Committee. It included a number of women who will make winter foods and distribute them to the markets. The co-operative includes 10 workers who joined as members by buying 16 shares. The co-operative will aim to support the women’s

A Pioneering Poultry Project for Rojava

The Poultry Project in Hasakah [Hesekê / Hesîçe / Al-Hasakah] is aiming to raise about 18,000 chickens every three months, which will produce about 72 tons of chicken meat per year. This will meet the needs of Jazira Canton [Kantona Cizîrê‎ / Cezîre] for meat. This level of meat production used to be met by the local poultry farms that were spread around the

Shehîd Hamo Coop Harvests Crops

The members of the Shehîd Hamo Agricultural Co-operative in Tal Hames started harvesting their barley crops. This co-operative provides additional income to 27 families. Shehîd Hamo Agricultural Co-operative was formed last September. 27 people participated, and each paid 27,000 SYP [Syrian Pounds] for a share. The co-operative started planting barley on 535 dunams [decares] of agricultural land. The

The Economy has Improved and Self-Sufficiency Achieved with Development of Communes and Cooperatives

The cooperative societies in Tirbespiye [Tirbespî / Al-Qahtaniyah] have contributed to improving the economy and include big segments of the society, with women being most of the participants. This is thanks to the communes from which the cooperative societies were formed. Since the start of the formation of communes in Rojava – North Syria, the people of
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Exclusive: Interview with Kongreya Star’s Women’s Economic Committee

Kongreya Star is the umbrella structure of the entire women’s movement in Rojava. They are mainly active in initiating and supporting women-only cooperatives. This interview was carried out in March of 2016 and has recently been uncovered. Could you tell us a bit about who you are and what you do here? Here in this

After a Year of Hard Work, this Women’s Cooperative Harvested its Crops

A women’s agricultural cooperative in Qamishlo [Qamişlo / Qamishli / Al-Qamishli] finished its harvest and the dividends will be distributed equally among the all the members. The cooperative planted 420 hectares of agricultural land in Qamisho, of which 180 hectares was in the village of Himo that belongs to Qamishlo. 70 hectares of land were planted with

Agricultural Cooperatives in Hasakah Guarantee Economic Advancement

With the success of the system of agricultural cooperative societies in Hasakah [Hesekê / Hesîçe / Al-Hasakah], the Agricultural Committee is working to develop them in preparation for the coming agricultural season. The siege that has been imposed on the regions of Northern Syria by Turkey, the Kurdistan Democratic Party and the terrorist groups is preventing

Three New Cooperatives Aim to Develop the Economy in Manbij

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Manbij [Minbic / Mumbuj] has been working to open three projects that will help the development of society, create job opportunities, curb monopoly and reduce unemployment. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which belongs to the Economic Committee in Manbij, is preparing to form three cooperative societies to operate a

An Agricultural Project to Support the Women’s Economy and Break the Siege

The Women’s Committee in the People’s Council has been supporting agriculture and planning to implement more agricultural projects managed by women. Among the many projects of the Women’s Committee in the People’s Council in Hasakah [Hesekê / Hesîçe / Al-Hasakah] is an agricultural project in the Al-Mufti neighbourhood of Hasakah. The project started six months ago, and

Nowruz Pickle-Making Factory Opens in Rojava

The Families of Martyrs Committee in Amuda [Amûdê / Amouda] have established Nowruz Cooperative for pickle production, after obtaining all the necessary equipment for the factory. Their aim is to develop the communal economy and help the families of martyrs. Nowruz is in south of Amuda, on the road that connects it with Hasakah [Hesekê / Hesîçe / Al-Hasakah]. 2000