Anyone with Argentinean friends will know the important role that mate plays in the country’s culture – mate, as in the infusion from the Yerba mate plant which you drink normally through a metal straw from a gourd. But Argentina is now becoming increasingly well known for something else: its pioneering use of ‘phoenix’ cooperatives, where firms which have gone under are rescued and brought back to life the cooperative way.
And now the two things come together. The latest newsletter from the global federation of productive cooperatives CICOPA reports that one of Argentina’s best-known brands of mate, la Hoja, has been turned into a worker-run cooperative. May they flourish.
CICOPA’s newsletter Work Together is always an interesting read and can be found via its website, www.cicopa.coop.