Types of cooperatives

Here are some of the most common types of cooperatives described.

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Agricultural Cooperatives

Agricultural cooperatives are organized to help farmers gain market power by joining together to market their crops, increase their bargaining […]

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Artisan Cooperatives

Cooperatives offer distinctive benefits to artists of all types. By working together, they can gain marketing advantages, reap quantity discounts […]

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Childcare Cooperatives

Childcare¬† and preschool cooperatives can be organized in a variety of ways. Workers can form a cooperative to offer childcare […]

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Financial Cooperatives

A credit union is a member owned financial cooperative, democratically controlled by its members, and operated for the purpose of […]

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Food Cooperatives

The member-owners of food cooperatives are typically consumers; however, some are worker-owned or share decision making among both workers and […]

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Housing Cooperatives

Housing cooperatives are democratically controlled corporations established to provide housing for members. Each household owns a share in the corporation, […]

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Worker Cooperatives

A worker cooperative is a democratically managed business that is owned and controlled by the workers. The cooperative form of […]

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Utility Cooperatives

Utility cooperatives provide services such as communication services, electricity, and water to their members. Cable television cooperatives can also be […]

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Other Cooperatives

A variety of other types of co-ops serve the needs of their members; in each type the members elect a […]

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