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WAGES

WAGES provides a range of programs designed to create healthy, dignified work for low-income women and advance the economic and social well being for their families and communities.

WAGES works primarily with Latina immigrants to form housecleaning cooperatives that emphasize environmentally friendly cleaning techniques as a way to protect worker health and the environment, while capitalizing on a lucrative market niche. Our cooperatives aim to provide a living wage of $10-15/hour for their member-owners and return profits to the cleaners rather than to corporate owners. Workers build their individual capacity by learning business and leadership skills and gain expertise in eco-friendly cleaning. By working together to own their own businesses, women overcome the isolation and vulnerability that are typical in the housecleaning industry.

Our co-ops include Home Green Home in San Francisco and Natural Home Cleaning in Oakland.

See http://wagescooperatives.org/

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WAGES

This entry was last updated February 13, 2012

WAGES provides a range of programs designed to create healthy, dignified work for low-income women and advance the economic and social well being for their families and communities.

WAGES works primarily with Latina immigrants to form housecleaning cooperatives that emphasize environmentally friendly cleaning techniques as a way to protect worker health and the environment, while capitalizing on a lucrative market niche. Our cooperatives aim to provide a living wage of $10-15/hour for their member-owners and return profits to the cleaners rather than to corporate owners. Workers build their individual capacity by learning business and leadership skills and gain expertise in eco-friendly cleaning. By working together to own their own businesses, women overcome the isolation and vulnerability that are typical in the housecleaning industry.

Our co-ops include Home Green Home in San Francisco and Natural Home Cleaning in Oakland.

See http://wagescooperatives.org/

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Year Founded: 1995

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Women's Action to Gain Economic Security

This entry was last updated February 13, 2012

Women's Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES) is dedicated to promoting the economic and social well being of low-income women through cooperative business ownership.

WAGES develops healthy, dignified worker-owned co-ops that emphasize environmentally friendly techniques as a way to protect workers' health and the environment. The co-ops provide improved financial stability for low-wage workers and expand the economic and social empowerment of their families and communities throughout the greater Bay Area.

Currently, WAGES supports five thriving cooperatives of more than 95 women, all of whom are worker-owners of eco-friendly housecleaning businesses.

The cooperatives are: Natural Home Cleaning in Oakland, Home Green Home in San Francisco, Eco-Care in Morgan Hill, and Emma's Eco-Clean in Redwood City.

See http://wagescooperatives.org/

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Year Founded: 1995

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