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A social initiative in the textile recovery field that creates employment: Berohi S. Coop.

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Author(s): Maite Ruiz-Roqueñi | Jose Luis Retolaza Ávalos | Amaia Bañales Mallo

Journal: Cuadernos de Gestión
ISSN 1131-6837

Volume: 11;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 121;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Cooperative society | environment | textile recovery | entrepreneurship

ABSTRACT
The increase in clothes consumption causes a raise in the volume of thrown out clothes each year, and this provokes the awareness of reusing that resource necessity. Berohi S. Coop. is one of the organizations placed in Bizkaia (Basque Country) that works in second hand clothing recovery and recycling. The initial conception and development of Berohi S. Coop. business project is the focal point of this case.Berohi S. Coop. was founded in 2000 as a result of a collaboration process among the Basque Country entities that worked in second hand clothing recovery. Berohi is a cooperative society of public utility and social initiative whose main objectives are to satisfy the clothing requirements of needy people, to promote environmental improvement and to create employment for the people in social exclusion risk or situation. Its main activities are the selective collection of second hand clothes, shoes, accessories and the rest of textile elements for their subsequent handling, treatment and sale. Today, the organization provides an integrated solution in the textile recovery field throughout Bizkaia and a development cooperation project in Chile.
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