“In the restaurant where I worked before, they used a lot of bleach, and I had a lot of allergies and respiratory problems. I don’t have those anymore, and I don’t get the same aches in my body that I used to, either. Now I feel good physically and mentally. I feel proud to be in a green cooperative and I’m glad that my fellow socias feel the same way.”
Women's Action to Gain Economic Security (WAGES) is dedicated to promoting the economic and social well being of low-income women through cooperative business ownership.
WAGES develops healthy, dignified worker-owned co-ops that emphasize environmentally friendly techniques as a way to protect workers' health and the environment. The co-ops provide improved financial stability for low-wage workers and expand the economic and social empowerment of their families and communities throughout the greater Bay Area.
Currently, WAGES supports five thriving cooperatives of more than 95 women, all of whom are worker-owners of eco-friendly housecleaning businesses.
Our ultimate vision is a world where all women have dignified and lasting economic opportunity, leading to long-term well being for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Read Stories of Hope from our co-op members to learn more about how WAGES is transforming women's lives.