We are a black women-owned network of entrepreneurs & professionals building a Sustainable Ecosystem of Resilient, Healthy & Thriving Communities, focused on Women's Economic Freedom, Socio-cultural Agency and Intergenerational Legacy.
BWPW Co-op empowers women in the agro-chain and food sector to start and operationalize their businesses, and scale up products and services to mainstream local retail channels and international markets. BWPW Co-op also provides access to professional mentorship, coaching and business training, networking opportunities, tools and resources. We are a bridge between women in the cooperative ecosystem, from the global North and South.
BWPW Co-op provides a safe space for all members to collaborate & co-create with one another via a Rotating Savings and Credit Association (ROSCA+), investment club, peer-to-peer lending and support. We invest in & scale up businesses, empowering our members to create inter-generational wealth, contribute to their communities, and build meaningful legacies.
BWPW Co-op is actively committed to, and guided by its Vision, Mission, Goals, and the ethos of Social Justice, Sisterhood Solidarity, Shared Prosperity and Cooperative Economics.Learn more about us
Cooperative Enterprises have been building local economies and improving lives and livelihoods for hundreds of years. As a Worker Co-operative, BWPW Co-op is guided by the Cooperative Values, the 7 Cooperative Principles, and the 10 Mondragon Principles.Learn more about us
BWPW Co-op Board of Directors and Founding Members have several decades of combined professional work experience, with an extensive depth and breadth of educational backgrounds spanning multi-disciplinary fields, sectors and countries.
These include: Banking & Finance, Business Analysis and ICT, Environmental Sustainability, Gender Studies, Education and Training, Food Management, Wealth Management & Insurance Advisory, Community and International Development, Business Administration, Medical and Health Services, Research & Academia, and Social Justice Advocacy.
I joined BWPW Co-op to build collaboratively with other women, and redefine the narrative about the socio-economic status of women in my community. As a professional Business Analyst and IT professional with over 2 decades experience, BWPW Co-op provides an opportunity for me to partner with, and learn from other women professionals, - to train and coach women business owners on mapping, documenting and improving their business processes and bottomline. I highly recommend BWPW Co-op to other black women professionals and business owners. No Sister Left Behind!
It is refreshing and empowering to work with the consulting team at BWPW Co-op. They took the time to understand and analyze our business requirements, explore funding sources, and worked with us to improve our processes and operations so that we are better prepared to serve our clients. As business women, especially as immigrants, we face unique systemic challenges, and overcoming them requires trust, effective communication, collaboration and tailored approaches. This is the gap that this wonderful cooperative addresses. I deeply appreciate their inclusive approach and their focus on engaging and building cohesive, strong communities..
I am an educator and business owner focused on sourcing and packaging healthy, fresh, organic foodstuff, spices and vegetables from local farmers and traders in Nigeria. I joined BWPW Co-op Canada in April 2021 because I wanted to scale my operations and sell to a global marketplace. Being a member of BWPW Co-op has been rewarding and empowering. In addition to collaborating to create wealth, the cooperative also offers us an opportunity to co-invest in several farm and food businesses of other women, both in Canada and across Africa/Caribbean. The cooperative is an important bridge between worlds. Women globally have so much in common, and we are more powerful/resourceful than we realize.
Thanks to BWPW Co-op, our team started off this year on an exciting note by being one of the recipients of a grant to revamp our digital strategy. We are pleased with the results-based coaching and peer support we received from the team at BWPW Co-op. As women business owners, we are often too busy building our businesses, and tend to have little time to devote to activities like applying for grants, loans and other resources needed to expand our operations. Our business coach from BWPW Co-op followed up with us, provided expert advisory services, and ensured we submitted a well written application on time.
As a rising entrepreneur, I was looking for an avenue to gain resources to grow my business. BWPW Coop exposed me to these resources, I got access to apply for grants to support the financial growth of my business, and I am also able to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and expanded both my network and access to information. I recommend this cooperative to women interested in growing their enterprises. I am learning alot by being a member.
I joined this exciting cooperative to make a difference in my community, specifically with women entrepreneurs, and to work with like-minded women who share the vision of empowering women. Since joining BWPW Co-op, I have been able to learn the intricacies involved in working for a cooperative. Every member is treated as an equal, with all members working towards the objectives of the cooperative. In the famous words of the popular Singer Cher, ❝Women are the real architects of Society.❞
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