All around, I am hearing calls for change. This was the message that came through loud and clear at the recent Centenary International Labour Conference, when delegates enthusiastically adopted the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work. Now, in New York, where I am attending the 2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, I sense that appetite for change again.
Does organizing informal workers into their own cooperatives help them? Most certainly. Let me tell you about two poor salt-pan workers from the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK), Gujarat, India; Bhuriben and Samiben.
What I love most about my work at the International Labour Organization’s Social Finance Programme is the influence we have on the lives of the small business owners we support.
But it’s not a one-way street. On my different field missions I have crossed paths with very inspiring entrepreneurs. Zaenal Mutakquiin is one of them. He runs a catering service in Bandung, on the island of Java, Indonesia.