Consumer cooperatives are owned by the people who do business there. By combining member demand, a co-op can provide better availability, selection, pricing, or delivery of products or services to individual consumers. In the U.S., credit unions and grocery co-ops are the most visible consumer cooperatives. The model can also be used in other sectors such as utilities including telephone and electrical services, mutual insurance, childcare or gas stations.
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Organizations Supporting Consumer Cooperatives
Inclusiv (formerly known as National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions)