A cooperative (also known as co-operative, co-op, or coop) is “an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise
Cooperatives may include:

  • Businesses owned and managed by the people who use their services (a consumer cooperative)
  • Organizations managed by the people who work there (worker cooperatives)
  • Organizations managed by the people to whom they provide accommodation (housing cooperatives)
  • Hybrids such as worker cooperatives that are also consumer cooperatives or Credit Unions or co-operative banks
  • Multi-stakeholder cooperatives such as those that bring together civil society and local actors to deliver community needs
  • Second- and third-tier cooperatives whose members are other cooperatives
Research published by the Worldwatch Institute found that in 2012 approximately one billion people in 96 countries had become members of at least one cooperative.[2] The turnover of the largest three hundred cooperatives in the world reached $2.2 trillion – which, if they were to be a country, it would make them the seventh largest

What we do for Co-operatives

For existing Co-operatives

The co-operatives have a very low percentage of success. Many starts with a blast but fizzle out in few months or years with lack of proper business plan or goals. Some remain stagnant without any activity for a long period of time. But, many have thrived and serve the members for years. The only differentiating factor between those which succeed, or fail is the management and Technology. the Management as well as technology play a key role as the organization grows big. PHAPA helps co-operatives in these to key areas Management and Technology

For new Co-operatives

From the case studies