Equal Shares
Oodi Weavers and the cooperative experience

Lewycky,Dennis; Nthomang, Keitseope
Publisher:  Between the Lines, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1999  
Pages:  188pp   Price:  $24.95   ISBN:  1-896357-21-0
Library of Congress Number:  HD8039.T42B67 1999   Dewey:  331.7'677'0096883
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX16178

The story of a community-based co-operative in Botswana.

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Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Chronology of Significant Events
Introduction
1. The beginning of Oodi Weavers
2. Practical and Philosophical Issues
3. Community Economic Development
4. Lessons in Structure and Culture
5. Chapter by Chapter

Part I: The Practice
Chapter 1: Lentswe Ia Oodi Producers Cooperative
1. Who Are the Weavers?
2. Beautiful Woven Products
3. Selling the Goods
4. Worker Training
5. Collective Management
6. Cooperative Ownership
7. Wages and Benefits
8. Collapse and Crisis
9. Friends of the Project

Chapter 2: The Big Picture - Goals and Background
1. Ideals and Goals
2. The Project Proposal
3. Selling the Idea
4. Financing the Adventure
5. Limited Liability Company vs. Cooperative
6. Location and Worker Selection

Chapter 3: The Botswana Context
1. Oodi Village
2. Physical Characteristics of Botswana
3. History of People
4. The First Europeans
5. Socio-economic Context
6. Government Policy
7. Community and Supporting Organizations
8. Cooperatives and Small-scale Industries
9. The Future for CED in Botswana

Part II: The Analysis
Chapter 4: Participant Evaluation 1977
1. The Cooperative Members
2. The Managers' Assessment
3. Peter Gowenius
4. Three Women Speak
5. Grace Ncube
6. Diana Meswele
7. Itshekeng Molwantwa

Chapter 5: Results and Reflections 1997
1. The Cooperative Members
2. A Prospective of Gender
3. Three Women Speak
4. Grace Ncube
5. Diana Meswele
6. Itshekeng Molwantwa

Chapter 6: An Outsider's Observations
1. The CED Prism
2. Structural Elements
3. The Workplace Culture
4. Specific Oodi Features
5. Conclusions

Epilogue
Empowering Participants
Weavers in Control

Bibliography

Subject Headings

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