USAID’s Cooperative Development Program
Supported by Research
Economically, cooperative members are more likely than the population in general to have average or above average incomes and are less likely to be poor or very poor.
Holistically, cooperative members enjoy a better sense of overall well-being, financial security, and trust in their community than non-members. During times of need, cooperative members have improved access to social support systems and other resources that support their resilience and ability to weather adverse events.
Women members gain independence and agency from cooperative membership. Cooperatives offer training, support, and leadership opportunities to women, with wide reaching impacts on their well-being.