A new Paleta Cooperative is forming in the Mission District with the support of Rainbow’s Cooperative Grant Program.
WAGES (Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security) is launching its 6th cooperative which will produce and sell sustainably sourced paletas (Mexican popsicles). For 15 years, WAGES has worked with low-income immigrant Latinas to launch green business cooperatives. Currently, WAGES supports five thriving cooperatives of more than 95 women, all of whom are worker-owners. The new worker-owners of the Paleta Cooperative will go through an extensive cooperative training with WAGES as well as the incubator program at La Cocina, a culinary small/business incubator in San Francisco. Rainbow Grocery’s Cooperative Grant Program awarded the Paleta Cooperative a grant for member recruitment and training as well as other significant startup costs. Rainbow is excited to be part of helping this new cooperative grow in the Mission District of San Francisco. You may also see us in the store giving tours and answering questions of members of the new Paleta Coop – if you do, stop, say hello and tell the women how excited you are to taste their delicious popsicles!
Our Cooperative Grant Program is one of the ways that we work be an active member of our local community and be a force for sustained, positive change. Every year we support hundreds of Bay Area schools and organizations through community donations and event sponsorship. By specifically supporting the development of other worker-owned cooperatives through our Cooperative Grant Program, we are helping to create more living wage, democratic jobs in the Bay Area and a workforce that will have the time, interest, and resources to put back into our local community. When you shop at Rainbow, you are contributing to this larger movement for a sustainable and just local economy – so, thank you! We look forward to seeing you in the aisles soon!View Post