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The responsibility of the Curaçao Cooperative Academy Foundation is to promote social and community development through cooperative activities by formulating plans and projects aimed at developing cooperative education, youth, and leadership development.

What is a cooperative?

A cooperative 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.

How to start a cooperative?

Each new cooperative business situation is unique, and the manner in which the momentum, the people, and the money come together will vary. The steps that are described here are typically part of a successful start-up venture, but they are only guidelines.

Types of cooperatives

Members support the cooperative by keeping themselves informed of the activities and of important decisions that are made.

Education & Training

Cooperatives share many characteristics of other businesses, but they are also unique; for this reason, one of the seven core cooperative principles states the importance of ongoing education and training for members, elected board of directors, management and staff.