house cleaning co-ops

Yesterday, the Tufts Community Research Center, of which I’m a member, gave an honorable mention award to the Brazilian Women’s Group. Faculty from Tufts and community leaders have described this group’s co-op project in a research article that they wrote together. The co-op is a business that provides house-cleaning services, with fair wages and benefits for the workers and green cleaning products. It has proved a successful model locally, and I see huge potential for workers’ co-ops in the cleaning business. The Brazilian Women’s Group also provides a clinic, education, legal services, and lobbying–a mix of functions that is typical in the nonprofit sector and highly productive.