By Solene Bertrand
Published on 13 Feb 21 at 13:08
At Havre (Seine-Maritime), Cooperative The Seagull opened in January 2020, in the Danton district, and is celebrating its first candle. This store for cooperative members affords on the market native merchandise, organic and high quality.
Strong of practically 200 members, the construction relies on everybody’s participation and everybody’s dedication.
“We are above all consumers’ actors”
La Mouette is a challenge impressed by cooperative grocery shops first created in the United States. In France, La Louve, the first construction, was born in Paris. The Le Havre cooperative of social and solidarity financial system is following in the footsteps of its massive Parisian sister:
The transition to a cooperative allowed us to search out premises and to have a bodily place to store items and create a actual store. They provide native merchandise. Over time, the rays are developed. There are seven right this moment. It is the variety of the collaborators inside the procurement committee, which makes it doable to broaden the provide.
La Mouette is above all a formidable human journey, imagined by the folks of Le Havre who, collectively, have determined to take cost of their consumption and inject their very own values into it:
We like the thought of shopper actors. The thought is that everybody, inside the cooperative, takes cost of initiatives and duties to actively and collectively advance the challenge.
Give of your time: three hours monthly
The cooperative relies on volunteering. To be half of the cooperative, one should personal shares in the store.
We ask for a stake of 90 euros. For college students and folks with low incomes, we ask 30 euros. Once this sum has been paid, the cooperator has the proper to vote at normal conferences.
Each cooperator can do their shopping in the store and have entry to the merchandise provided. In change, he agrees to offer three hours month-to-month to take part in the operation of the store:
Each cooperator registers on-line on the schedule and chooses the place he needs to occupy. Checkout, reception, cleansing, shelving, stock administration and so forth. It’s as much as everybody to decide on the duties they need to accomplish. Only the fund requires prior coaching.
La Mouette is a place the place participatory democracy guidelines. “Everyone can propose a product, an idea and develop the project. This requires real commitment, but it is also an opportunity to acquire new skills and new knowledge through contact with cooperative members ”, provides Boris.
Because variety is the foundation of this group of accountable actors, folks of all ages and from all walks of life come collectively. “Retired, active, in their thirties, fifties… it’s very diverse. Students are starting to register, ”emphasizes Pauline.
Today, the Mouette has 180 cooperative members. A determine that solely asks to develop … so many energies and concepts that might enable the challenge to evolve. “We need to confide in new audiences and additionally provide, in addition to the boutique, actions and workshops. “
Looking for a new location
Currently, the Seagull has a room of 80m2 rue Michelet. Pauline and Boris hope to be able to find a new space of about 200 m2 to develop their activities and have a real place to welcome and meet:
We need to have the ability to keep in the Danton district or in the direction of the Rond-Point, close to the University, with easy accessibility to the tram. By having extra floor space, we will take into account new actions.
This place, the cooperative members think about it as half of sharing and conviviality: “We need a actual place to stay to arrange workshops, share information. This would enable us to diversify our actions to lift consciousness of zero waste, meals and the solidarity and sustainable financial system, the pillars of La Mouette. “
Do you also want to stand on your own feet and be involved in your diet? Do not hesitate to join the nest of this cooperative open to all!
La Mouette, 60 rue Michelet, in Le Havre.
Phone: 06 78 64 74 33.
More information on-line, here.