Research for Action: Women's Coops in Iran
One of the major problems women still face inside Iran, particularly in rural areas, is not having an income of their own, or being able to put their skills and interests to use on projects for their own welfare.
While the government has a Ministry of Coops, and various non-profit alternative livelihood organizations exist, these institutions often do not either recognize or accommodate the particular barriers that women face in accessing resources or taking autonomous action particularly when it relates to borrowing money or registering a coop.
This research was undertaken to shed light on the acute nature of such problems faced particularly by low-income women seeking to set up cooperatives, including challenges faced and strategies employed when dealing with:
- government institutions, including the Ministry of Coops, and banks to apply for financial assistance or loans;
- social attitudes and practices, including within the sphere of the family and the community; and
- learning to develop business and marketing skills in order to sell goods.
The report is available in Farsi.