Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kwanzaa Day 4 Ujamaa Cooperative Economic

Habari Gani                          Response   Ujamaa

Kwanzaa Day 4 is Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah) Cooperative Economics
To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. This was the fore runner to the Local First movements.  

Dr Marlenga the founder of Kwanzaa wanted this day to remind us that we need to build businesses in our own communities as a way to strenghten and keep the community strong. Kwanzaa has been embraced worldwide. I think this is because so many other cultures are closer to the land deriving their livihood from the land.  

Black Americans and other communities are realizing they have to support local businesses to keep their communities strong. Local business provide jobs, support charities and are hands on in the communities that the owners live and work in. They have a vested interest in the community where they live.

We see examples of this Cooperative Economics at work in projects like the community farms in Detroit ( There are even conferences now that bring community farm directors from around the globe. The conference participants share what has worked in their community or country.  

The Local First movements have picked up on this theme to get people to shop at local stores and businesses. They education people on the impact their money can has when they keep it local. One such movement here in Arizona is spreading like wildfire. Here

Kwanzaa celebrations around the US.

How is your community using Cooperative Economics? Please share.

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