"To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth."
During Kwanzaa (the Japan edition 2010), held in Tokyo, it became evident to me that as members of the African Diaspora living in a foreign (predominantly light skinded) land it became increasingly important that we all work together to build our own (albeit small) communities within Japan, our home away from home.
Pooling resources, supporting each other financially and otherwise seems to be the only way to help each other out of our individual turmoils.
But how can we do this without trust? And how do we learn how to trust each other if we can't learn how to love each other?
Cooperative Economics is as much about pooling funds and resources as it is about cooperating with each other, understanding each other and giving assistance to those in need. There is strength in numbers and Unity in strength.