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Sewing, jewelry making and arts & crafts provide skills and economic empowerment for our participants. Community building and working together for a common good are also facilitated through the Adbar Craft Cooperative.

                                     Adbar’s Newest Cooperative Program:

We promote a business model with a focus on cooperative enterprises. This is an alternative enterprise system compared to traditional business that often requires a large amount of money. Traditional methods are typically not easily available to low-income women and families looking to start a business or learn a trade.  Our system gives participants a way to exert some control over their work lives. The arts and crafts collaborative is a way to use skills in jewelry making, sewing, and crafting to help support their families and themselves.

We call our new initiative the "Empowerment, Not Handouts!" campaign. Our objective is to empower women and other individuals in low-income communities to transition to self-sufficiency. Our goal is to assist people in earning livable wages that allow them to thrive rather than to simply survive.  Be part of the solution and make a difference in our campaign. You can help others achieve self-reliance one person at a time.


Read more about the cooperative program on the MELA Blog.

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