Fuerza Laboral and the POWER Network invite you to an Open House for our Cooperative Incubator Project on Saturday, October 18, from 3-6pm at Fuerza Laboral.

We want to hear from you!

  • Do you have experience working for a cooperative business here in the U.S. or in your home country?
  • What type of cooperative business have you worked for, and what type of cooperative business would you like to work for?
  • Whether or not you have prior experience working for a cooperative, would you like to be involved in this exciting project?

All are welcome to participate!

The POWER Network (People Owning Wider Economic Resources) is Fuerza Laboral (lead organization), Roger Williams University, Navigant Credit Union, Center for Family Life, and the City of Central Falls

The POWER Network’s vision is to significantly contribute to the eradication of poverty in the Central Falls, RI community by incubating and providing ongoing support to a diversity of worker owned co-operative businesses who will commit to the principles of co-operative governance, which includes democratic control by the workers and concern for community, 

We envision eradicating poverty in our community by building the power of workers themselves to control their economic destiny through a Cooperative Business Incubator program. We seek to create an economic model led by impacted members of our community that respects the dignity of all workers, draws on workers’ own strengths and skills, and puts people above profits. A network of cooperative businesses founded with these values will provide living-wage, quality jobs to those who are most vulnerable to income inequality, thus changing the economic power dynamic that had previously kept them poor.