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Women of Kojerat form a Cooperative

This is a translation of an Arabic language article by Dicle Yosef that originally appeared on ANHA, 29th November, 2016


The women in the villages of Kojerat formed their own cooperative society, with the supervision of the Economic Council in Dêrik [Derik / Al-Malikiyah].

The cooperative started with the participation of 50 women who work the land, cultivating, planting and overseeing the growth of the crops.

The Women’s Economy Council in Dêrik allocated 2,000 acres of agricultural land to the villages of Karkandal and Milamirzy, and according to Mayasa Muhamed, an administrator in the Council, they consulted specialists in agricultural engineering to understand which kinds of agricultural products would be suitable for growing this year. They decided to grow wheat and barely.


The women began joining the coop, registering their names, submitting their papers and paying a subscription fee of around 70,000 SYP.

Huel Kamarya Said, one of the members in Girkê village, said, ”Forming this cooperative is a good step towards reinforcing the women’s economy.”

This cooperative is considered the second one in the area of Kojerat that is especially for women, after the opening of Adar bakery last September in Brouge village, which has 20 women as members.



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